Midway through the album, we get to “Borders,” featuring Lenny Kravitz. Saint Jhn has made it clear that the singer-songwriter has been an inspiration for him.
“〈Lenny Kravitz is〉 an inspiration, but not necessarily musically. I didn’t listen to growing up. He’s a black man in a world that doesn’t look our shade. And I liked the rebellious nature of it and the sex attribute…So when I started putting out records, to get people to understand what I was doing, I called myself “Ghetto Lenny.” It feels like I’m making rock n’ roll.” – Saint Jhn
When speaking with Billboard about his album, he went into further detail about his mindset on how he views music: “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. It’s the same skill set to make clothes or make a car — not saying I’m going to do that.” One look at this artist and you know calling him fashionable would be an understatement. With his album, Saint Jhn also released a collection that he does not consider your typical merch: “I want to be in a store with the big boys. You’re about to see it. I’m not wrestling with anything, but my ideas are now coming to life. I didn’t necessarily want to put it in stores before… I’ll put in stores now because I want to place it where people can see.”
F a l l e n mostly produced the 14-song album. The match made in heaven duo is a prime example of what happens when the producer and artist mesh together flawlessly. F a l l e n was also seen as the primary producer of Saint Jhn’s first collection released back in 2018. “We make most of our music from scratch. Right? So most of it starts on chords, it just starts on drums. So it’s a rare occasion when we’ll have a beat just made, but it might’ve been. Because I trust him enough that he’s one of few people that can play me beats. I don’t let people play me beats. It’s not my thing.” – St. Jhn on Genius
Saint Jhn will be in D.C. on November 12th at the U Street Music Hall performing to a sold-out audience. I hope you got a ticket because it’ll be a show you don’t want to miss!