Today, Chattanooga, Tennessee’s brightest star Slatt Zy returns with another emotional, anthemic single and video, “Lean On,” out today. Listen HERE and watch HERE. The cathartic cut continues to build on Zy’s productive 2020, which found the young talent growing his audience on the strength of two moving projects and a number of stirring singles.
Slatt Zy wonders who he can trust on “Lean On” as his early days hustling on the streets weigh on him. “I’m traumatized from all the bullshit, they told me lies,” he raps. “It’s kinda hard to see who real since I’m on the rise.” Over a sparse instrumental, Zy taps into the visceral emotions around finding fame after a childhood of poverty, betrayal, and tragedy. With his melodic flow leading the way, he digs into his traumas and examines why the system failed him. “Nobody asked me was I straight when my brother died,” he raps. “Nobody asked me was I straight when my cousin died.” Slatt Zy isn’t afraid to go deep, and on “Lean On” he plunges to the depths.
The video, directed by Waterwippinevan, finds Zy in his neighborhood, going about his life with a close group of friends. The facades are worn down and the sky is gray, but he seems at peace, an apt metaphor for Zy’s rise from a kid trapped in Chattanooga into his region’s next great rap star.
Slatt released his debut, Zy Story, and East Lake Projects in 2020, but this is poised to be his most exciting year yet. “Lean On” follows “Don’t You Fold,” and the two tracks showcase his versatility as he details his biggest struggles and celebrates his unlikeliest triumphs. Together, they’re a captivating reintroduction to his melodic, reflective trap music. With early support from HotNewHipHop, WorldStarHipHop, SAY CHEESE!, Lyrical Lemonade, and ELEVATOR MAGAZINE, it’s clear the man is on the way up. Slatt Zy is always eager to celebrate his meteoric rise, but on tracks like “Lean On,” we’re reminded of the work ethic it took to get here.