I’m Just Sayin’: Jae Ari discusses his relations with women & making one of his favourite tracks
Toronto, ON – Earlier this week Toronto artist Jae Ari released a new Hpnotic718-produced track titled “IJS” (or “I’m Just Sayin'”).
Although we’ve seen quite a bit of work from Hpnotic718 and Jae as a duo lately, this was actually the first song that the pair worked on together. “IJS” was penned just over three years ago after Jae found himself in a situation with a girl who just wanted to use him. Instead of festering in his feels, Jae wrote this track. Sticking to his M.O. of smooth and soulful storytelling songs, Jae uses this song in an attempt to sort out how he feels about females, sex, and relationships.
Jae loved this track so much after he finished it that he decided to put in in the archives until he could put it on an album and do a proper roll-out. Three years later and Jae’s got a video release planned for this track, as well as placement on his forthcoming new album. Listen to “IJS” below, and check out our in-depth interview with Jae after the jump.
Photo: Sean Diamond
“I just wanted to created something relatable and bring it back to what I’m good at – telling stories over some smooth shit.” – Jae Ari
Q&A: Jae Ari
HipHopCanada: Start off by telling me what this song means to you on a personal level.
Jae Ari: It’s about honesty. Being able to convey my thoughts and desires in way that’s comforting and authentic. On these types of records it’s always so much more easier to be introspective because of the vibe and how the song is structured. It’s one of my favorite songs because it’s fun, smooth and rooted with some truths.
HipHopCanada: Talk to me about the females and relationships that inspired you to pen this one.
Jae Ari: When writing this song I remember being at an open mic many years ago and meeting this lady who was staff at that venue. She was mad cool and pretty down to earth. We vibed quite well and she really liked my music. Of course being the dude that I am I continued showing up to the venue to shoot my shot. Long story short, she became somewhat of a confidant – which is basically the company without the commitment. What she didn’t tell me was she was a lesbian and she just wanted to try something different with a guy. I was duped. It happens to even the real ones sometimes. I took it with a grain of salt and made it into a song. The video we shot articulates the story very well. It’s dope.
HipHopCanada: This Hpnotic718 beat is disgustingly amazing. Tell me the story behind how the collaboration for this one came about and what your guys’ process what like?
Jae Ari: I wrote this song over three years ago. It was the first song I ever worked on with Hpnotic718. It was how we really connected and started working from there on out. I held off on releasing it because I knew what I wanted to do with this song, I wanted it on a body of work (my album) and visuals to follow. It took a while but we here now. He’s a talented producer that meticulously crafts each of his beats differently. It’s really impressive, actually. Each four bars of his beat(s) never sound the same. There’s always a cool neat story tucked into his work. It’s lit.
HipHopCanada: Explain the significance of the title “IJS” (or I’m Jus’ Sayin’).
Jae Ari: I just wanted to created something relatable and bring it back to what I’m good at – telling stories over some smooth shit. This record means a lot to me and I’m sure it will be received well. Grab it on iTunes and keep this one in your phone!
HipHopCanada: I feel like a lot of this track is you trying to make sense of how you relate to females, and what you want your A) sexual relations and B) relationships to look like. What conclusions did you come to?
Jae Ari: That’s exactly it! The conclusions are inconclusive though. I can’t make sense of it. We’re talking about women here. Ultimately the song understands that nothing lasts forever, things come and go and to just enjoy the time we spend with the opposite sex. It ain’t that complicated, but sometimes it becomes complicated because our intentions are unclear or our desires are unmet. I just take it for what it is and enjoy crafting it into something people want to listen to.