TruSaint. (Photo: Contributed)

Combining his religious devotion with a fascination for hip-hop’s motivating rhythms, Chattanooga musician TruSaint (AKA Sharreiff Horton) creates music derived from personal experience and emotional intuition. Using the intensely communal aspects of these beats and lyrical narratives, he explores the various environments that linger around us as we go about our daily routines. Born and raised in Chattanooga, Horton was always in the midst of familial connections and the grounded reality of the streets where he played. Having lost a friend to violence when he was in his late teenage years, he decided to make the most of his time and began to focus on music as a way to examine his assumptions and as a tool for spreading a certain rhythmic gospel.

On his new song, “World of Sin,” TruSaint acknowledges the influence of divine collusion on his hip-hop inspirations. The resulting mash of sacred sentiment and secular experience lends this track an uncommon awareness that never feels as though he’s using religion as a dull hammer to drive home his perspective. Regardless of your personal attitudes toward the existence of a divine being, this track speaks to both the dark and light in this world, and how we can each find the strength to overcome any given obstacle. Anchored by deep, rumbling bass lines and fractured beats drifting along the song’s periphery, this track details the hurt, love and ache that TruSaint has encountered in this life and how God gave him purpose and determination.

“World of Sin” isn’t about abject judgment, although he certainly uses the song to recognize the dangers that surround us on a daily basis (both physical and intangible); his thoughts convey a more general aspiration toward the grace of sacred enlightenment. Tying together bits of groove-riddled R&B and melodic rap rhythms, he fashions an ode of staying true to your own motivations while working on improving yourself. This track specifically looks to God for inspiration, but this ideology of holding fast to your own beliefs applies to everyone who’s had their limits tested by external and internal forces. Whether you look up or inside for strength, TruSaint wants you to know that music will always be there to provide support and focus.


Joshua Pickard covers local and national music, film and other aspects of pop culture. You can contact him on Facebook, Twitter or by email. The opinions expressed in this column belong solely to the author, not or its employees.