If you haven’t heard of JAE5, you’ve surely heard his music — he was a major part of J Hus’ critically acclaimed releases The 15th Day, Common Sense and Big Conspiracy. In addition, the East London beatsmith has created infectious cuts alongside the likes of Dave, NSG, Shakka, French Montana, Future, Mark Ronson, and Burna Boy — the last of whom helped him earn a Grammy award via his work on Twice As Tall.
Now, JAE5 brings forth his debut single “Dimension,” which features assistance from Skepta and Nigerian artist Rema. Via press release, JAE5 further explained the dance-worthy, Afrobeats-esque number:
“For my first single, I wanted to pull off something that represented me well. It had to be heavily influenced by Afrobeats and the UK urban scene. Skepta & Rema are the perfect combination. ‘Dimension’ is a meaningful track with a vibe! Skepta as always delivers the maddest verse and Rema on the hook — that guy just isn’t normal! I hope everyone enjoys the track.”
Directed by Ebeneza Blanche, the accompanying video for “Dimension” sees JAE5, Skepta, and Rema in Ghana and is filled with color, dancing, and somewhat-futuristic imagery. All-in-all, Black is as beautiful as ever.
Unfortunately, JAE5’s new release isn’t without some (possibly) bad news. Taking to social media, Skepta seemingly revealed that he was headed into retirement following “Dimension” and another unnamed collaboration with OFB’s Bandokay and Double Lz:
“This Jae5 song/video featuring Rema and myself was recorded and shot last year in Ghana. I have one more song with Bando & L’s that we also recorded in 2020, after we drop that I’m out..”
Press play on JAE5’s “Dimension” video below.