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    It’s been years since we last heard from Carlos St. John. But the Brooklyn emcee hopped back on our radar this summer as SAINt JHN, and the two singles he’s released so far prove that he's spent the interim years wisely. The rapper hit us with the metallic “1999” in June, followed by the equally hypnotic “Roses” this month.

    The new material is impressively complex: SAINt JHN’s hazy, heavy sound is both melodic and slightly devious, shifting between downtempo R&B vibes and futuristic metal clamor. It’s all shaping up to be a brilliant new venture for the artist, and one that was worth the long wait.