Saint Jhn Quotes.
I’m a marketing guy at my core. If I wasn’t doing music, I would still be introducing ideas on how I like branding and marketing.
My father wasn’t present, so my older brother felt like a father. He was only two years older than me so that was all I had.
My mom made me read a ton of books, so I got good at words and understood the English language. So when I started rapping, words were something I knew. I learned how to manipulate them so that I could say whatever I wanted to say.
My journey is where I’m at right? It’s the monopoly board of my life, and I’m making my rounds.
So when I was a kid in Guyana, I would run barefoot in the street and bathe in the rain. That was a real thing. Picture that, showers falling from the sky in the middle of the Caribbean.
I don’t know how to be comfortable. Comfort is uncomfortable to me so I push myself to new places.
The only thing I know is the only things that I know. You can’t ask me to talk about something I have no information on. I stay silent. It’d be foolish. So when I talk about something, it’s something I at least have a little bit of familiarity with me.
When an underdog wins, they win for everybody, because somebody gotta come through that door and break it open and make it possible.
I use Cetaphil face wash. It’s really simple. Nothing super fancy. I just feel like it needs to clean your face and not add or take away from anything.
I can’t play guitar or piano. I can’t even play dumb to get through TSA in the airport.
I think it takes an unbelievable amount of hours for anybody to master their craft.
I like musk and oud in a really, really delicate way. Because sometimes, if there’s too much oud, it just smells like you’re in the back of a cab in Harlem and I can’t do it.
There’s no real music scene in Guyana, but there’s a music space. So there’s no scene because there’s no economy for it, but there’s a space because everything that spills over dancehall and reggae, spills over.
Self-care. I got that from my mom. Even if we had nothing, we were always moisturized. So much Vaseline. In the dead of winter, I was hot. I had a whole other layer on.
I say I design music. I can imagine it and sort of picture it. I think about all of the things I do in the world and say that I’m designing it because it takes the same skill set.
People use the word success often, I don’t use that word.
I don’t think of myself as just a rapper. But overspending on sneakers? That’s a real rapper thing to do.
If I say I’m rich enough times and enough people say it back to me, I gotta be rich, right?
The first time I worked with Usher, I learned that I belonged in the room. You know the first time you get invited into a room you have never been in and you almost feel like you lied your way in? The second time, you don’t feel like you lied your way in.
I didn’t want to tell my story through my words in someone else’s voice.
I was rapping because there were so many things that I wanted to say. There weren’t enough words for me to articulate all of the things that I wanted to say in a three minute song.
I was never afraid to try female products. I didn’t believe in those gender identities as it related to products.
I think it’s challenging trying to describe my sound. Not because I’m making some experimental martian music, but because it’s a little broader. The things that you’ve heard are only fragments and small fractions of what you’re going to hear.
I don’t want to give you the opportunity to find a box to put me in, figure it out later. When the records come out song by song, you’ll hear it and get to determine how you want to classify me.
The 4-year-old me was getting laughed in school at for being too dark.
I am building an archive. I don’t need for anyone to tell me that I matter. I am just going to record it for myself.
I grew up in a church. My mom is a minister so she would make us go to every possible church she could muster.
I make music in terms of collections.
I make these songs for me. That’s the truth. I make them because that’s what I want to hear. Long before you ever hear it, believe that I’m in a Porsche with the top off listening to it.