Young rapper SAINt JHN goes with the flow

“I’m not a center-of-attention guy,” says Carlos Saint John, the Brooklyn-based rapper better known by his erratically capitalized stage name SAINt JHN. “Although I know that’s a strange thing to say coming from a guy who wears Saint Laurent boots all the time.” Growing up between Guyana and New York, JHN’s obsession with hip-hop began by watching his older brother perform in street-corner cyphers. Following stints as a model and a songwriter for the likes of Usher, Joey Badass, and Jidenna, he is now stepping out on his own with Collection One, an emotional, self-released album of airy, Drake-style crooning and intricate raps. “I don’t think of myself as just a rapper,” he says. “But overspending on sneakers? That’s a real rapper thing to do.”