Slatt Zy is the new hottest artist on the scene, and his music speaks for itself. Arriving with his own style of melodic hip-hop, the Chattanooga, Tennessee native is already living out his dreams at the young age of 18. Born in 2002 and only getting into music 2 years ago, he humbly describes himself as “a kid trying to make it out.”
Growing up in a musical family with 11 siblings and his father even singing in a boy band alongside Usher, Slatt’s talents and versatility allowed him to quit his fast food restaurant job—taking the leap of faith to pursue music full-time. His debut mixtape Zy Story followed suit, contributing to the current 10 million streams to his name.
Slatt Zy embodies the definition of Southern swag, finding his niche in heartfelt anthems for the streets, spitting about real-life experiences and struggles. On “Drama,” he croons, “I remember them cold nights in East Lake, say thеy showing real love but the shit it bе fake. Growing up eating noodles, I ain't never had steak / Now a bitch wanna eat, tryna eat off my plate.”
Now, he returns with his new body of work titled East Lake Projects, his neighborhood that turned him into a man. The 13-track project hails standout features from Pooh Shiesty and Hotboii. Flaunt caught up with Slatt via Zoom, who was located back home in the small town of Chattanooga. When describing the project Slatt Zy says “East Lake Projects is where I became a man. It was tough to value life there, and getting over that made me a man. To me it’s more than projects—it’s my family, and we got through together. 17 people in 2 rooms, 12 people sleeping on one floor—granny, 11 siblings, auntie. We been through struggles together. We been through everything—shoot outs, hungriness, shoeless, people dying. East Lake Projects is where all my problems came from and made me grown early, but my happy times came from there too. I couldn’t imagine any other way to be. The projects may have given me scars and bruises, but also motivated me to be the n*gga I am today.”