The emerging king of Chicago pain music, Lil Zay Osama, announces Trench Baby 3, out May 6 via Warner Records. He also gives fans a taste of the highly anticipated project by releasing the raw and emotional single, “Real Pain.” You can hear Lil Zay Osama’s grief over fallen friends and family turned foes in every bar, just as you can see it in every frame of the single’s new music video.
Like many songs in his catalog, “Real Pain” is a cathartic anthem for those knee-deep in the trenches. Backed by piano keys, plaintive saxophone, and drums that thump like a broken heart, Lil Zay Osama chronicles the tragic bloodshed on the streets of Chicago from the frontlines. On the hook, he croons the same question over and again: “Have you ever felt real pain?“
Lil Zay Osama’s vivid verses play out like diary entries and leave every emotion on the table as he grapples with his city’s cyclical violence and the many ways it affects his life and mental health: “We in wars from generations ago / Chicago done got so dry, ain’t no more places to go / And I’m steady losing homies, I can’t take it no more.”
“Real Pain” follows the release os Lil Zay Osama’s latest “Fuck Yo Homie Dead Ass” and “Fuck My Cousin,” the latter a grim and cold-hearted trap hit that went viral on YouTube. Peaking at #7 on YouTube’s Trending Music Videos chart, “Fuck My Cousin” is his fastest-growing music video to date with over 2 million views in two weeks. Both singles come on the heels of Trench Baby 2 (Warner Records) and a main supporting slot on tour with G-Herbro at the end of 2021.
With over 300 million streams under his belt and coverage from the likes of XXL, Pitchfork, The Fader, Complex, Chicago Reader, Lyrical Lemonade more, Trench Baby 3 is set to be his most resonant project yet.