James Reid has released his highly anticipated collaboration with GOT7's Jay B and Taiwanese-American rapper ØZI titled "Hello 2.0 Legends Only" on Friday, March 11.
The song is a remix of James's 2021 single "Hello." This version of the song contains Korean lyrics and a rap portion.
In an interview with NME, James shared how the collaboration came into fruition.
"Towards the end of 2021, we were working on different kinds of collaborations, one of them was with Jay B and Jay Park. We recorded another track, and after that, Jay B worked on ‘Hello’. We got ØZI onboard because we wanted to do a big feature with a big Asian act to promote Asian artists breaking out into the international scene," James relayed in the interview.
The Filipino-Australian singer remarked that he is thankful to be collaborating with the two artists.
“I was really grateful to be on a track with the two of them, who have really been killing it in their respective countries. It’s a huge opportunity for me," he stated.
"Hello 2.0 Legends Only" is the first collaboration of James with Jay B and ØZI. It was in February when James first announced his collaboration with the two artists.
The single was released after James traveled to the U.S. for his recording sessions. He arrived in Los Angeles, California in February.
James has been focusing on music and has been hands-on with his music label Careless. In an interview with The Juans in June 2021, James relayed why he decided to step back from acting and focus on music.
“I love acting. But sometimes after doing teleserye after teleserye, it gets repetitive and I felt like kind of robotic. I craved something that came from me, that I can really express. I was just following instructions. It wasn’t feeding my soul," he said in his interview.
He continued, "It was difficult for me to step away from all of that because I was in a very good place. But I stepped away from doing that and I chose something more difficult, which is something that I still had to grow in [such as] making music and production, writing songs."