ZAKEE is a Philadelphia born and bred musical powerhouse. His latest release, “But You,” is a duet with the ever-soulful Res, a long time friend and collaborator. But You is the second single from his sophomore LP, Rise of the Rebels: Assimilations. We are big fans of Zakee at two.one.five and this single is no different. A sweet ode to a lover, But You draws the listener in with a catchy hook that you’re bound to find yourself singing to your boo. First up is Res’s sultry voice on the verse, showcasing a more demure vocal than the soul rock fans are used to hearing from the songstress. Zakee’s familiar raspy drawl floats over a soft bed of stripped down guitars melodies, and their harmony results in a genre-defying, mood-setting lullaby…a lullaby for sexy time.
Zakee notes, “I’m a Pisces, so I’m emo by nature. ‘But You’ definitely channels my sensitive side, and I hope it will strike a chord with anyone who has someone special in their life. It’s also really dope to work with Res, because we’ve been friends for years.”
Zakee’s debut album, Assimilations, was named one of MTV Iggy’s Top 20 Albums of 2011, and received outstanding reviews from The Boston Globe, Okayplayer, NPR, Dazed & Confused and numerous top-tier blogs. Zakee also composed the musical score for critically acclaimed indie film, Yelling to the Sky, starring Zoe Kravitz and Gabourey Sidibe, and has other film projects in the hopper.
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Earlier this week Shadow & Act premiered Zakee’s short film Tippin, a bonus visual to Rise of the Rebels: Assimilations. Tippin features strong visuals from a recent journey back to South America. Inspired by his connection with the Afro-Colombian community in Tierra Bomba, Zakee juxtaposes strong visuals and positive messages with the heavy lyrical content of the song itself.
Zakee is also a leader in environmental justice! As Creative Director for Energy Action Coalition, he was the lead producer of PowerShift 2013, the largest gathering of youth environmental activists in the US. He has also spearheaded multimedia collaborations such as the #forwardonclimate campaign to push the Obama Administration toward progressive positions on climate issues.