“While The World Was Burning” should prove to you that SAINt JHN is the real deal.
“Gorgeous” is one of the ugliest songs I’ve ever heard.
“Gorgeous” falls in line with SAINt JHN’s tough-ass music. The song features a hard-hitting beat and some of the trillest lyrics known to man. It also features melodies that will get stuck in your head. All in all, you have to love it when Ghetto Lenny goes ham as he does on “Gorgeous!”
SAINt JHN sounds and carries himself like a God.
4. FREEDOM IS PRICELESS
I walked away from “Freedom Is Priceless” trying to figure out what the f**k I just heard…
Absolutely no one is making music like “Freedom Is Priceless” in hip-hop today. Not only is the song powered by a trap beat that will f**k with your mind, but the song also features lyrics that gangstas who are willing to listen to Coldplay, gangstas that are willing to shoot anything, and gangstas that are willing to do whatever it takes to make money will love.
SAINt JHN has had a greater come-up than Devonte Graham.
3. HIGH SCHOOL REUNION
Two of hip-hop’s most dynamic acts, SAINt JHN and Lil Uzi Vert, hold nothing back on “High School Reunion.”
“High School Reunion” is powered by a beat that merges rock and trap vibes magically. Over it, SAINt JHN and Lil Uzi Vert both talk about finding someone that is down to live life on the edge with them. What I love about the song is that it features both edgy and soulful vocal performances by the two musicians.
Did anyone else’s heart melt when Uzi hit us with the same flow he used on “XO Tour Life” on this song?
2. SUCKS TO BE YOU
I had one of my wisdom teeth removed a few days ago, so it does suck to be me.
“Sucks To Be You” is a song that will get stuck in your head very easily. Not only is it powered by both an intoxicating hook and a riveting trap beat, but it also features a heavenly vocal performance by SAINt JHN. As for lyrically, JHN does a great job of reminding the world that he is someone that loves hard, grinds hard, and plays hard in the song.
1. ROSES (IMANBEK)
“Roses” and COVID-19 has ruled 2020.
Sometimes, an artist is lucky enough to stumble upon a sound that really works for them; for SAINt JHN, his voice Chipmunked is that sound.
I would literally pay money to hear “Roses” (The Imanbek remix) at a Vegas nightclub. I can see the song getting folks to pump their fists like a guido. I can also see the song getting drunk-asses to act sloppy as hell.
What Imanbek was able to do to “Roses,” a song that I think is average, was extraordinary! Kudos must go to that man.
SONG BY SONG BREAKDOWN
1. SUCKS TO BE YOU (5/5)
2. SWITCHING SIDES (4/5)
3. FREEDOM IS PRICELESS (4/5)
4. GORGEOUS (4/5)
5. HIGH SCHOOL REUNION, PROM (5/5)
6. MONICA LEWINSKY, ELECTION YEAR (4/5)
7. ROSES (REMIX) (4/5)
8. PRAY 4 ME (3/5)
9. QUARANTINE WIFEY (4/5)
10. TIME FOR DEMONS (4/5)
11. RANSOM (4/5)
12. BACK ON THE LEDGE (4/5)
13. ROSES (IMANBEK REMIX) (5/5)
As mainstream as SAINt JHN has become, I still think that he is underrated. I’m not sure people appreciate his complex melodies, his powerful lyrical content, and his fantasy-like vocal performances enough. With that being said, if you listened to While The World Was Burning properly, you should have walked away from the album feeling blown away.
I know that a bunch of fake SAINt JHN fans will be disappointed with this While The World Was Burning album. For starters, the only song that he sounds like Chipmunk SAINt JHN on the album is “Roses (Imabek Remix).” The album also boasts lyrics about sex, money, betrayal, and violence that your average pop fan (I’m assuming a bunch of fake SAINt JHN fans are pop fans) won’t like.
If you happen to be a true SAINt JHN fan, you will realize that what he did on While The World Was Burning is expand on his very unique sound. Throughout the album, I heard a guy that no longer played second fiddle to those he featured on songs with, a guy that sounds slightly more daring, a guy that doesn’t mind letting the world know that he’s the s**t a little more, and a guy that continues to sound like he’s singing while standing on some holy water.
I don’t know about you, but this While The World Was Burning album will get overplayed by me these next couple of weeks.
Quincy is the creator of Ratings Game Music. He loves writing about music, taking long walks on beaches, and spaghetti that fights him back.