Chase Em Down – [Lil Zay Osama] ft. [G Herbo]

In Chicago, the formula always seems to remain the same: either you’re a local talent, a world-renowned hitmaker, or a local legend. Regardless of how anyone else seems to label specific artists, I feel like anyone who is tapped in with the Windy City rap scene knows which category each emcee fits into, and the best thing about these talent pools is the fact that it doesn’t matter which area you fit into because you’re going to get love from the fans in this city regardless.

Lil Zay Osama is someone that I think could be categorized in either of the latter two groupings because while I personally believe he has the skills and the charisma to back up this label, it just feels like he is overlooked way too much compared to everything he brings to the table. Regardless of what the rest of the world might think, I know he is one of the biggest icons this city has ever experienced, and bear in mind how he has the connections and support from some of the most recognizable names in the history of rap. At the end of last week, Zay dropped his album Trench Baby 3, a lengthy effort of 18 songs that run for just under 43 minutes and take you on a trip through the eyes of Zay’s experiences as he witnessed specific events throughout his life in this rough and tumble town.

If you didn’t know how big he is somehow, just look at the guests who joined him throughout these records because names like G Herbo, Lil Durk, Icewear Vezzo, Fredo Bang, and even Chicago’s most recent standout PGF Nuk aren’t going to join just anyone on a track. The album is absolutely insane, and even though I want to dive further into it, I figured I’ll talk about the Counterpoint 2.0-directed music video that dropped for the project’s cut “Chase Em Down” featuring G Herbo. Most of the scenes take place in a heavily illuminated building as Zay, Herb, and the rest of their crews are decked out in jewelry and designer clothing as a Lamborghini with a blurred-out logo sits parked behind them.

The action shots in this one are where the heat really gets turned up, though, as a black van filled with people hits a lick on a stranded Opp, something that is brutal to experience but also fits in with the narrative of the record as well as the way Zay and Herb have been raised in order to navigate life in the streets. I never condone violence, so I don’t want it to sound like I’m glorifying these things whatsoever, but the way this story came to life in both the song and the video really tied everything together seamlessly in a manner that I just couldn’t take my eyes off of. “Chase Em Down” is an undeniable drill anthem, and Zay’s album Trench Baby 3 is full of hits just like this, making it a video you need to see and a project you’re going to want to check out the next chance you get.