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JAE5 Connects With Skepta & Rema For 'Dimension'​

Watch the Ghanaian-shot music video for JAE5's debut single, which blends afrobeats with sounds from the UK scene.

Producer JAE5 has been the talk of music circles for years now—initially for his huge work overseeing J Hus' albums and more recently for producing for the likes of Wizkid, Koffee, and Popcaan

The UK-based producer of Ghanaian origin just won a Grammy award last week for his work on Burna Boy's Twice As Tall. JAE5 was responsible for production on the standout album closer "Bank On It," which we named one of the Best Nigerian Songs of 2020.

JAE5 is now sharing his own debut single, "Dimension," and he's brought some noteworthy company in the shape of Skepta and Rema. "Dimension" is a love letter to his home nation of Ghana, a press statement reads, and its music video was shot there.

"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," JAE5 mentions in a statement. "Skepta and 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."

Get into this banger below.


JAE5 - Dimension (Official Video) ft. Skepta, Rema youtu.be

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Adekunle Gold Is Living His Best Life

We speak to the Nigerian star about how marriage and fatherhood have led him to find both newfound happiness and newfound freedom as an artist.

''I'm having the time of my life,'' says Adekunle Gold over a Zoom call while seated in his office in Lagos. ''I'm making songs that are so true to my current energy, my current vibe.'' When I got on the call with the 34-year-old artist on a Wednesday afternoon, the first thing I noticed was his hair tied up in little braids, the second was his wide smile. As we speak, the crooner laughs multiple times but it's his aura that shines through the computer screen, it lets you know better than his words that he's truly having the time of life.

Born Adekunle Kosoko, the popular Nigerian singer got married barely two years ago to fellow artist Simi. Last year, the power couple welcomed their first child. As we talk, Gold points to his journey as a father and a husband as some of the biggest inspirations at the moment not just as far as music goes but as his perspective in life and how he now approaches things.

''My [artistry] has changed a lot because being a father and being a husband has made me grow a lot and more.'' Adekunle Gold tells OkayAfrica. ''It has made me understand life a lot more too. I'm feeling more responsible for people. You know, now I have a kid to raise and I have a wife to support, to be a real man and husband and father for.'' He credits this journey with both his newfound happiness and a newfound freedom as an artist.

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