New York’s own Jehry Robinson is back at it, blending his unapologetically vibrant energy with stories that are close to his heart. With his newest album release, “Drink More Water” set to hit the shelves on September 1st, via Strange Music, fans and newcomers such as myself are about to find that they are in for a real treat.
This album is like a heartfelt call to action. Jehry’s message? Be unafraid, be yourself, and chase those dreams, even if they seem miles away. And while he’s not afraid to get playful in some tracks; there’s a strong undercurrent of self-assurance and empowerment running through each beat and lyric.
A proven force in the music world, Jehry’s past successes span from solo albums to collaborations that garnered millions of streams. His partnership with Strange Music has been a musical adventure, filled with tracks that are both infectious and thought-provoking.
Having been handpicked for the 2022 Son of A Sinner Tour, Jehry’s experiences from performing live have clearly poured into “Drink More Water”. Picture this: anthems crafted to resonate with a live audience, each song echoing the roaring energy of venues.
And I’m just going to go out and say, this is a record I’d love to hear a live version of. While I’ve yet to see him live, you can feel how the energy and passion of these songs will fit so well in a live setting.
But in a nutshell, “Drink More Water” is more than just an album; it’s Jehry’s open diary, filled with tales of dreams, resilience, and the undying human spirit, and of course, plenty of struggles. It’s an invitation to join him on this journey, to dream, to dance, and most importantly, to believe in the power of self.
“Memorial Day” stands out as a gem amidst the vibrant collection of tracks in “Drink More Water”. From the get-go, it’s evident that Jehry has poured his heart and soul into crafting this piece, diving into the turbulent waters of grief and loss.
The track captures the emotional turmoil of losing a close friend. As Jehry navigates through the various stages of grief, you get taken on a real roller-coaster of emotions – from the raw pain of the initial loss to the nostalgia of cherished memories.
This journey is further intensified by the artful narrative of attempting to drown out the pain through external means, yet finding solace in reminiscing about the happier days.
Something else I really enjoyed about “Memorial Day” is its ability to strike a balance between its somber theme and an undeniably catchy rhythm. It’s rare for such an emotionally-charged song to possess a beat that’s simultaneously mellow and yet, got a rock edge, but Jehry achieves this. The way he fuses styles is just phenomenal.
One of the most striking features of the track is the stark contrast between its hip-hop styled segments and Jehry’s pristine singing vocals. While the rap verses offer a gritty, raw account of his emotions, Jehry’s vocals soar, bringing a softness and vulnerability to the forefront. This not only showcases his versatility as an artist but also adds layers of depth to the song’s narrative.
This feels like not just a song; it’s a heartfelt homage, a keepsake of memories, and a beautiful expression of the enduring human spirit amidst pain. This track, with its immaculate production and genuine emotion, serves as a touching reminder that music has the power to heal, to remember, and to celebrate life in all its complexities.
The next track I’d like to talk about resonates with raw emotion and the haunting reality many face daily – “No Happy Days”. Jehry delves deep, painting a vivid picture of the isolation and despair felt by those battling depression. While others seem to glide effortlessly through life milestones – finding jobs, getting married, starting families, and living the idyllic life behind white picket fences – Jehry depicts a stark contrast of days filled with struggle and survival, and thinking, should have that by now.
The line “even when I’m ok, I’m not great” encapsulates the essence of the track. It’s a simple yet profound reflection of the insidious nature of depression. Even during seemingly “good” days, there’s an ever-present shadow, a weight that drags one down, preventing genuine moments of joy. It’s like trying to enjoy a sunny day with a relentless storm cloud persistently looming overhead.
For those who grapple with these feelings, this song hits hard, echoing sentiments that are often felt but rarely spoken aloud. Jehry masterfully conveys the genuine pain of feeling perpetually out of sync with the world, of seeing happiness as a distant, fleeting mirage.
Enter King Iso with a feature that only adds depth and dimension to “No Happy Days”. His voice and style mesh seamlessly with Jehry’s, adding layers of emotion and intensity. I would say that the real brilliance of “No Happy Days” lies in its authenticity. It’s not just a song; it’s an anthem for those who feel unseen and unheard in their battles with mental health.
Jehry’s courage in addressing such a heavy topic, combined with King Iso’s contribution, creates a track that’s deeply relatable. For listeners who’ve faced or are facing similar challenges, this song offers a form of solace – a reminder that they’re not alone in their journey. And in a world where mental health struggles are becoming increasingly prevalent, “No Happy Days” stands out as a beacon of understanding, shedding light on the very real struggles many face silently.
“Darkness” stands as a raw exploration of the internal turmoil that comes with wrestling with aggression. I find that in this track he unearths the challenging balance of trying to maintain composure amidst a sea of provocations.
There’s an evident tension throughout the track—a push and pull between the desire to stay calm and the inevitable eruption when one’s patience is stretched too thin. And in the fierce world of hip-hop and rap, where authenticity is prized and facades are often transparent, the song dives into the skill of discerning genuine intent from mere posturing.
The track underscores the art of “reading” someone, of looking beyond the surface and recognizing underlying motives. Jehry captures the emotions that lead to a breaking point, which is a tale that speaks volumes about the pressures and intricacies within the hip-hop scene. In essence, “Darkness” is about going through the tightrope walk of self-control, authenticity, and the combustible nature of suppressed emotions.
Razor is one of the singles off the album, and one of my first discoveries of Jehrys music. Through the lens of “Razor,” He embarks on a soul-searching journey, diving deep into themes that resonate universally. I’d say that it’s an introspective piece mirrors the intricacies of personal struggles, the ebbs, and flows of life, and the tangled web of relationships.
Central to “Razor” is the message to safeguard your inner fire, to shield it from external forces that seek to extinguish it. In a world where challenges and hardships can easily overshadow our optimism, the track serves as a poignant reminder to hold onto our essence, to stay true to ourselves regardless of the chaos that surrounds us.
It’s also a dialogue about friendships, complexities, and the untold stories that often shape our relationships. There’s an undercurrent of emotional depth as Jehry grapples with the complexities of a friend he no longer resonates with. It’s a sentiment many can relate to—the realization that friendships, like all human connections, can be marred by misunderstandings, conflicts, and the unsaid. Overall, it’s a great melodic rap track.
That Way is about being content. Jehry offers a refreshing take on happiness, proposing that sometimes, it’s found in the most unexpected, and yet sometimes boring corners of our lives. For example, relationships. The complexities of them, underscoring that while they’re rarely ever flawless, there’s beauty in the imperfection. The occasional disagreements, the small tiffs—these moments, while seemingly insignificant, often add depth and texture to our bonds. Which might sound weird, but it’s true.
On this track, we’re reminded that as long as the foundation is strong, and the bond genuine, such quirks might just be the secret ingredient to happiness. Because when you strip away the trivial, and you’re left with someone who stands by you come what may, that’s a relationship to cherish.
The track also offers an insightful reflection on our modern-day habits. In a world dominated by screens, where time can easily be lost scrolling endlessly, Jehry’s acknowledgment of this reality feels relatable. While it’s easy to critique such habits, there’s an inherent comfort in them for many. Maybe there’s a better use of our time, perhaps there’s more out there, but sometimes, it’s just the simple act of scrolling that brings a semblance of calm—a routine, a familiar pattern in the unpredictable whirlwind of life.
I should be mowing the , rather than spending half an hour watching different people do their sea shanty cover of Michael Bolton tracks. But you know what, I like it. I’m ok with it. It’s an ode to the moments and habits that might seem mundane but are tinged with personal significance. Backed by a nice beat that’s hard to resist, the track seamlessly blends introspective lyrics with a rhythm that will get you grooving.
Front Door is greeted by the gentle strumming of an acoustic guitar, the song immediately hit me with a bit of nostalgia. The melody reminds me of “Unchained Melody,” or “Can’t Help Falling In Love.” Now I know you might hear that and not see the connection at all, but for some reason, I just got reminded of it.
Jehry delves into relationship dynamics, expressing the anxiety of potentially losing a significant other. The song’s essence revolves around understanding and patience, urging the other half to reconsider their decision amidst relationship challenges.
The best part of “Front Door” is its minimalist approach. Jehry offers an earnest story with a straightforward guitar backdrop. This combination creates a track that is genuine, making it a memorable piece in the album. As I said, the tracks on this record sound like they would be great live, and maybe at some point, this track could bring a stripped down acoustic part for a show.
Stumbling upon Jehry Robinson’s music has been a truly ear catching experience. Venturing into his album “Drink More Water,” it’s evident that he’s not just another artist, but rather a force, blending genres with a finesse that’s rare to find. His fusion of hip-hop with touches of reggae and pop creates a sonic cocktail that’s both refreshing and irresistibly catchy.
Throughout the album, there’s a palpable emotional depth. Each track resonates, drawing listeners into Jehry’s world, making it almost impossible not to get ensnared by the rhythms and narratives. If there’s one takeaway from this album, it’s the sheer magnetism of the songs.
Every note in ‘Drink More Water’ tells a story, making Jehry not just an artist, but a masterful storyteller. It’s real, it’s raw, with taking on topics such as mental health, he doesn’t just touch your soul; he converses with it. And he does it with some pretty sick reggae fusion. In an ocean of sounds we’ve heard before, this one stands out as a truly unique record.