Today, 17-year-old rap newcomer Zai1k releases his new brand-new single, “For You,” via Columbia Records. Listen HERE. The track, written by Zai1k in a studio in NYC’s Times Square, builds on his sonic story and shows fans more about who is he and what he has to offer.
“For You” follows the release of the infectious track “Drive Me Crazy.” The Broward County native just has a knack for making songs that resonate far and wide. Take his track “Dump It Dummy” featuring Philly club-rap innovator 2Rare. The colorful, energetic track—with a beat by seasoned Florida jook producer Tre Oh Fie—has become an ubiquitous hit in the weeks since he first teased it on TikTok, soundtracking over 1.5 million videos on the platform and over 11 million U.S. streams to date. Some earlier fans like Snoop Dogg and Coi Leray have already expressed their love for the song on social media.
Though he’s still in high school, Zai has been singing for as long as he can remember. He’s spent years refining his sound, dropping more straightforward street-rap projects like his 2021 tape Hard 2 Tell. He also featured on a remix of Sadie Jean’s emotional “WYD Now?”—a sensitive track that demonstrated his wide range.
As Zai’s confidence grows, he’s eager to keep experimenting with new ideas and exploring new genres he’s not yet well-versed in. He wants to keep pushing himself because he knows that’s what it takes to build lasting greatness. “I always have it in the back of my head that I could lose all this tomorrow. Nothing is forever,” he explains. “I’ve got to be on it.”