Lil Zay Osama – “Hood Bible” (Album)

Having made a significant first impression with the somehow gritty yet glossy street single “Changed Up,” Lil Zay Osama lives up to that promise on his major-label debut. With a title like “Hood Bible”, it’s pretty clear that the Chicago rapper/singer wanted to come through with realness, a quality this project has in abundance. He speaks plainly of the trials and tribulations of life before and after entering the music business, providing personal historical context on “Old Days” and casting a critical gaze across “Enemies.” Throughout the thoroughly engaging set, his beat selection ranges from the piano-led trap balladry of “Real Life” to the hazy electronic shimmers of “Percocet Crazy” and highlight “White Friends.”