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Bask In The Roots Of Hip-Hop With Jermaine Robinson’s “Rap Sinatra”

Born and raised in East Point, GA, rapper/producer Jermaine Robinson’s songs are specifically driven by two motives. The first is to challenge whatever’s collectively accepted in the effort of progression, and the second is to shine an unapologetic light on the complexities of the human experience.

With his music influences being from the likes of Outkast, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, and Lil Wayne, Jermain Robinson pulls inspiration from these sounds, all while emerging with an energy that is dynamic and layered, reflective of who he is. Switching from jazzy boom-bap chills to fiery trap anthems, he has always found himself being caught in the grey area, and it seamlessly blends into the sonics and themes of his music.

With Jermaine Robinson’s latest single, “Rap Sinatra,” we’re transported to the roots of Hip-hop as his old-school styling fuels our speakers. Commencing this record with an empowering monologue on growth and its importance, you’re met with chills before the song has a chance to kick off. Leaving it all on the table, Jermain Robinson performs with tenacity and effervescence. His lyrical motifs fit the essence of a true emcee, and we’re thrilled to hear this refreshing performance deliver cold hard facts as we zone into the substance.

Jermain Robinson’s bolstered persona is heard through every word penned as we’re taken on a journey of storytelling – the Jermaine Robinson way. Although he makes it look effortless, each meticulous lyric has a vast amount of thought placed into it. As you take in each scripted word, his witty candor has you feeling satisfied throughout your listening experience.

An inspiring nature is exactly what “Rap Sinatra” brings to life. As you hear the verses rapped from such an organic place of emotion, the contrast between the chorus and verse is outstanding. Belting out the lyrics as the female feature portrays poignant cascades rich in boldness, the well-roundedness of this track is undeniable.

Topped off with production that’s left in the hands of Jermaine Robinson, the instrumentation hits home as his producer's ear makes it, so there are peaks and valleys to tune into as the musical components brilliantly collide.

Learning to find the peace in being indescribable, Jermaine Robinson offers up authenticity that can be heard throughout his music. Listen to “Rap Sinatra” today to hear for yourself.

Welcome to BuzzMusic, Jermaine Robinson! We’re thrilled to have been taken on the sonic journey of “Rap Sinatra.” Your words truly leave quite an impact on listeners. What was it like coming up with the lyrical content heard in this record? Hey, thank you so much for having me and for taking the time to speak with me! Yeah, coming up with the lyrics for Rap Sinatra was quite the experience. Writing this song was the first time I ever wrote lyrics to a beat without having the beat actually playing. It’s something not many artists do, and it was definitely new to me, but doing it this way allowed me to focus on what I was saying instead of just how I was saying it over an instrumental. And with the subject matter being so vulnerable and candid as it is in this song, being able to fully capture and convey the emotional direction with this process was a game changer for me. It honestly felt like writing a really long poem. And since writing this song, this has been my normal process of writing songs. Just a pen, a pad, and no beat. And yes, I’m one of the few rappers that still use a pen and pad! We have the chance to hear some beautiful female vocals professed on this track. Could you please share some insight into who the collaboration is with and how it came to be? Yes, the woman singing is Zorina! I actually met her online through her Fiverr profile. I’ve always been big on collaborating on projects together in the studio. But this time around I wanted to push myself and get out of my comfort zone. I watched some of her videos and listened to other songs she had worked on and took a chance to have her featured on this song. Zorina immediately understood the direction when I sent her the brief and reference, and the vocals that I received back from her left me speechless. Just completely above and beyond what I was expecting. The song instantly felt whole once she was on, and it just wouldn’t be the same without her. How does “Rap Sinatra” compare to other music you’ve previously released? Well, for one, it’s on a completely different level engineering-wise. The song was mixed and mastered by Edoardo “Edg” Ghigo, who’s a really talented engineer I connected with through the platform Engineears, a platform created by Kendrick Lamar’s longtime engineer MixedbyAli. He made the song feel really big and polished, which I hadn’t really had for the previous releases in my catalog since I mixed and mastered most of those songs. And this is also the first time I have had a feature on one of my songs, and it’s safe to say that this feature just takes the song to the next level and beyond. And overall, I think I sound the most confident on this record. My vocal performance is confident, my instrumental is direct and intentional. I just really sound “at home” on this song. Being such an integral part of the overall production of your music, do you happen to have a favorite part of the creative process? Why?

Ahhh, that’s tough. Well, I’d have to say that it’s between making beats and writing lyrics. Being able to kinda shut the world out and focus on just myself, my emotions, and the song that’s being birthed is such an addictive feeling. I really express myself more effectively through writing, and it’s been like that since I was a kid. So whenever I get the chance to sit down and write, whether it’d be writing a song or composing an instrumental, it makes me feel powerful. Like I’m actually sitting here creating something from scratch that the world has never experienced before. It’s such an indescribable feeling! What’s next for you? Rap Sinatra is the first release in a series of releases that I call “The Rap Sinatra Era.” So, you can definitely expect some more releases coming in the very near future. I’ll also be having a lot of content and events in between each release to support the songs as they drop. Lyric videos, live performances, alternate versions, BTS videos, etc. And lastly, I’ve been working on some merch that I’ll be making available for the first time, so I’m really excited about that! I have a lot coming, and I’ve been ready for it, and I’m ready for the people to have it all!


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