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Who is SAINt JHN?

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“I don’t care. I just came here for Post,” offered a member of the audience.

“A poor man’s Travis Scott,” said another.

“A snack,” offered another.

These guesses are inciteful, yet not helpful in answering the question: “Who is SAINt JHN?”

SAINt JHn opened for Post Malone for Emory’s Homecoming. Prior to performing, it was clear that many in the audience did not know who he was. After his set, it was clear that his songs had a dark, moody vibe to them, something not typical of an opening act.

Born Carlos Saint John in Brooklyn to Guyanese parents, he spent his childhood listening to a mix of Caribbean music and Jay-Z as he bounced between Guyana and America. Inspired by watching his older brother rapping, he began rapping at 12 years old. Growing up in poverty, he learned early on that his options were to sell drugs or make music. After trying out drug dealing and realizing that it was not for him, he decided to focus on music.

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SAINt JHN broke into the music industry as a songwriter. He has written songs for Jidenna, Kiezsa, Joey Bada$$, Rihanna, and Usher to name a few. “When I sold songs to other people, I watched them to see how they would execute. Their tones didn’t quite match mine so the songs wouldn’t completely capture the same magic. It’s really hard to recreate magic,” said SAINt JHN. He began his career performing under his birth name Carlos Saint John in hopes that he could produce music that captured his sound.

He released his track “1999” in 2016 and has since changed his performing name to what it is today, SAINt JHN. He has performed at numerous music festivals including the Governor’s Ball in New York, South by Southwest in Austin, and Lollapalooza in Chicago. Though many more people know his name, he does not have much of a following outside of SoundCloud. He is a member of the GØDD COMPLEXx collective which aims to push the boundaries of art and music. SAINt JHN plans to release a set of mixtapes in the near future with his collective.

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