Raleigh, North Carolina-based rapper JIRI returns with Up From Here EP, a 6-track body of work that dives into personal territory, from personal loss, friendship, self-doubt, insecurities, and more. The project sees him working with producer Stoic.
The project opens up with “Leap of Faith” which dives into the concept of taking risks in the face of doubts and fears. JIRI runs through his journey as he pursues music and digs deep into his own flaws but far from being a sob story, he takes the bull by the proverbial horns and follows through with his plans. This is followed by the previously released single “Offended” where he shares candid thoughts on the clout chasers and overrated emcees who permeate the current rap game. He makes use of a bouncy, cinematic trap backdrop in “Hol Up, Wait” where he flexes his lyrical muscles while reflecting on some of the obstacles in his way. In “Not Enough” he talks about the various insecurities that inhibit him from maintaining meaningful relationships. Over a moody and solemn backdrop, JIRI delivers an emotion-filled performance ripe with unapologetic and candid lyrics that listeners can relate to. He shares with the listeners, his self-doubt, and battle with depression, and wonders what the future holds for him. The final track is the title track and it starts on a somber note over Stoic’s moody and sparsely arranged beat. JIRI starts off the verse with vivid detail of how he fell out with his mother and also how his ex-girlfriend affected him negatively. He reminisces on the good times but unfortunately the bad outweighs it and he has to find his own inner peace far away from the aforementioned women.
Overall the EP gives listeners a glimpse into what makes JIRI tick while showcasing his songwriting skills.