SAINt JHN - Roses
“Roses” is instantly ominous. Church bells ring in isolation setting a desolate scene before New York rapper SAINt JHN enters with pained vocals describing a night fueled by cocaine and approaching women. The song allows the context and vibe to settle before the percussion and bass come through the speakers. It’s easy to imagine people dancing to each hit and yelling the hook, which is unexpectedly gentle, melodic, and harmonious. SAINt JHN knows how to raise and ease tension with small pockets of silence and additions, like the piano at the end of the hook or well placed ad-libs, to keep the song dynamic until the end.