ON THE RADAR: SAINTÉ
Written by In the Lab on 27/01/2021
If you’re tuned in to the UK music rap scene, you’ve probably heard or seen the name ‘Sainté’ a few times recently, this will only increase.
The musically gifted gem, from the small city of Leicester, is winning over many new fans after releasing his highly anticipated E.P, Local MVP, which followed the release of his well-received breakout single, ‘Champagne Shots’. Champagne Shots seems to be the people’s fave as it has amassed over 2 million plays on Spotify, with the video receiving over 78,000 views in two months on his collective’s own channel, ‘YSM Collective’. YSM Collective.
Local MVP is a four-track lyrical masterpiece which was released on January 6th, 2021, and showcases a mosaic of his world through the use of carefully chosen words that glide effortlessly over complimentary, smooth sailing beats. It consists of tracks ‘Stylin”, ‘Hunnids’, ‘On Me’ and ‘Champagne Shots’.
Inspired by hearing his older brother rapping in his room with his friends when he was younger, Sainté would go on to jokingly take part in rap cyphers on the way to and from basketball games in secondary school with his friends. One day, he thought, ‘hold up, I’m actually good at this’, stuck with it, and now we have this wonderful collection of ear candy.
Although influenced by the likes of Curren$y, Larry June, Freddie Gibbs, and Shoreline Mafia to name a few, Sainté still remains true to his roots as he seamlessly incorporates touches of their sounds to his own, creating an unmatched montage. If you are a fan of his influences, and these artists, A2, Sam Wise, Ashbeck or Ayrtn, Sainté is the artist for you.
Our personal favourite from Local MVP is ‘On Me’ where he raps about his friends, flaunts the money on him, the honey on him – in which he is referring to his drip, and his constant grind through the days and late nights, whilst still enjoying life. The beat is quite bouncy but still remains rather chill, this is a song you’d most definitely smoke one up to with some friends, or have a warm summer’s evening drive to.
Sainté has accumulated over 12,000 followers on Instagram, rapid, but well-deserved growth, this shows the people are most definitely tuned in and we are here to stay.
To check out his Instagram, click here.
To check out his Spotify, click here.