Chicago rapper Lil Zay Osama recently spoke with What’s The Word about being compared to Tupac Shakur.
Lil Zay Osama came into the music game after experiencing the street life of Chicago’s notorious South Side. Emerging from the Chicago drill scene, he quickly became successful, with his early YouTube videos surpassing half-million views.
Other artists that emerged from the streets and onto the drill music movement are Chief Keef and Lil Durk. Although only releasing one album to date, Lil Zay’s street singles depict the harsh reality of Chicago’s streets. Songs like ‘Survive’ and ‘Changed Up’ have racked over 50 Million views, with his latest, ‘Percocet Crazy’ going viral.
Releasing his debut album, ‘Hood Bible’, Lil Zay Osama spoke with YouTube Channel, What’s The Word, about comparisons with Tupac. He says that superstar producer, Timberland, told the Chi-Town artist that he reminded him of the rap icon. Speaking on this he said, “he kept saying I remind him of a modern-day Tupac.”
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Lil Zay Osama Pleased With Comparison
Timberland isn’t the only one comparing him with Tupac, as he reveals that record company bosses have come to the same comparison. Osama says, “right after I came from Timbaland, I flew to New York to go meet with Columbia, they were trying to sign me. Columbia told me the same thing. I go over to Republic, Republic told me the same thing.”
Pleased at the comparison with the rap legend, Lil Zay Osama used it as drive and motivation to keep pushing on in his career. When asked of what people say are the similarities with Tupac, Lil Zay believes it’s his realness and content. “That story s*** like real struggle s*** reality what’s going on, you know what I’m saying.”