Music Bugle Exclusive – Q & A – Jehry Robinson

By Nicholas Jason Lopez

Photo courtesy of Jehry Robinson Music Facebook page.

With now over 1.5 million streams and official videos that have garnered over 500,000 views, Brooklyn, N.Y.-based artist Jehry Robinson’s debut album ’20/Twenty,’ released via Strange Music, has made an obvious impression on those who’ve pressed play.

Versatility being the name of the game, ’20/Twenty’ features 20 tracks that blend hip-hop, rap, reggae, pop and rock, which has made it clear that Robinson’s is a name that’ll stick around.

He hoped that with this album, he would instill people to think differently and keep an open mind – that a little bit of fight and faith can go a long way.

The Music Bugle had the chance to catch up with Robinson about ’20/Twenty’ and more.

Music Bugle – Did you ever imagine ’20/Twenty’ having the streaming success it has had so far?

Jehry Robinson – No. It absolutely exceeded my expectations. I didn’t expect it to reach as far as it has in such little time.

 

Music Bugle – What was it like putting together ’20/Twenty’?

Jehry Robinson – It was like encompassing my entire life into one body of work – the good, the bad and the mundane showcased through sound and melody. It was magical.

 

Music Bugle – What excites you the most about your musical style?

Jehry Robinson – The fact that there’s no boundaries. I don’t confine to genres or styles. I just create what comes out. Strange Music has allowed me to be my full authentic self.

 

Music Bugle – Which of your songs are you the proudest of?

Jehry Robinson – “In My Feels.” I’m proud of this song because I feel like it truly speaks to who I am not only as an artist, but a person. The production immediately captivated me. I love performing this record and connecting with people as they listen.

 

Music Bugle – Does social media make it easier or harder for a musician to stand out these days?

Jehry Robinson – A little bit of both. Easier because anyone can reach an audience without a budget, but harder because anyone can reach an audience without a budget.

 

Music Bugle – What’s something you wished happened more in the music industry?

Jehry Robinson – I wish artists showed more unity and helped build each other instead of always being in competition.

 

Music Bugle – How have you been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?

Jehry Robinson – Like a ton of other artists, opportunities have been canceled or postponed. I try to stay focused on making incredible music, no matter what the environment is around me.

 

Music Bugle – What’s a quote that motivates you to keep doing what you do?

Jehry Robinson – “Live a few years like most people won’t, so you can live the rest of your years like most people can’t.” Oh, and also “That’ll do, pig. That’ll do.”

 

Music Bugle – Where do you go when you feel the need to escape?

Jehry Robinson – I don’t often feel a need to escape. I try to thrive in all circumstances. However, if I am going to escape, it’s going to be binging a show or docu-series.

 

Music Bugle – Which of your tattoos do you get asked the most about?

Jehry Robinson – My FBA tattoo. A lot of people ask me what it means. It stands for, “Famous By Association,” which is my company I started with my manager, Tara.

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