SAINt JHN tells HipHopDX his first Grammy nomination means more to the young creatives looking up to him in Brooklyn and Guyana.
SAINt JHN generated a ton of buzz with his breakout single Roses. After Kazakhstan DJ Imanbek remixed it in 2019, the song became an international hit and gave JHN his first solo No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart and in several other countries. To make things even better, Roses (Imanbek Remix) received a 2021 Grammy Award nomination for Best Remixed Recording. To an up-and-coming artist like JHN, a Grammy nomination calls for celebration and should be a moment to cherish. But the Brooklyn rapper isnt the type to bask in the glory and celebrate something he knew was coming his way. According to JHN, the announcement felt like any other day for him. Somebody called me and gave me the news right when I was about to announce that Im doing 500 art prints for the album, JHN told HipHopDX. Were doing 500 art prints, and then somebody told me that Im Grammy-nominated, and the GQ article just came out It was a real ass regular day for me. It feels like a Tuesday. For those who have a high level of confidence in their work like JHN does, reacting calmly to any form of praise or win comes with the territory especially when the accolade reminds JHN he accomplished the dream he set out for himself early on. I became an inspiration for the 12-year-old version of myself, JHN said. That means I became a personal hero of my own. At the risk of sounding arrogant, if I became my own hero, that was a dream that I started for myself. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Saint (@saintjhn) JHN may sound like hes egotistical, but its all a part of this visionary mindset he says only certain creatives such as himself, Kanye Westand more have. JHN showed a remarkable balance of confidence and humility when he revealed to DX the significance of the Grammy nomination to the young creatives who look up to him in Brooklyn and Guyana. There are kids like me who didnt even have an opportunity or had less of an opportunity, and I became the beacon, he said.I watched JAY-Zgrowing up, saying that if he could do it, I could do it. Now somebody is going to say that saw me do it in real-time. So I became a living monument for something thats just hope. It means tremendously more to be accountable and responsible for two different places that Im from and be able to be an inspiration to kids in both of those places.