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J Hus
J Hus.png
J Hus in January 2018
Background information
Birth nameMomodou Lamin Jallow[1]
Born (1996-05-26) 26 May 1996 (age 23)[2]
OriginStratford, London, England
Genres
Years active2014–present
LabelsBlack Butter Records
Associated acts

Momodou Lamin Jallow (born 26 May 1996), better known professionally as J Hus, is a British singer-songwriter and rapper. He is currently signed to Black Butter Records.[3] J Hus has been credited with pioneering the genre afroswing.[4][4][5][6] He gained popularity in 2015 following the release of his song "Dem Boy Paigon".

J Hus released "Did You See" on 2 March 2017, quickly becoming his biggest song peaking at number nine on the UK Singles Chart and eventually being certified Platinum. In 2017, J Hus released his debut album, Common Sense, peaking at number six on the UK Albums Chart.[7][8] In June 2018, he was arrested in Stratford and charged with carrying a knife in public.[9] Hours after his release from prison in April 2019, he made a surprise appearance on stage at Canadian rapper Drake's concert in London.[10]

Background

J Hus was born Momodou Lamin Jallow in London and grew up in the city's Stratford district.[11]He eventually moved to Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. He is of The Gambian descent and was raised by his mother who emigrated to England when she was 25 years old.[12] Jallow was raised Muslim and is of ethnic Fula heritage.[13] Growing up he had wanted to become an actor "but then around Year 10 or Year 11, it was whatever really", and he was expelled from school as he had, in his words, "started getting into a bit of trouble."[14] In September 2014, distraught following two separate prison stints, he was advised to focus on pursuing a music career by his childhood friend Moe who also agreed to be his manager. Moe and his older brother would go on to form their own management company 2K Management.[12]

J Hus got his name from the word "hustler", explaining that he would buy a pack of doughnuts and sell them individually at a profit when he was in secondary school.[13]

Music career

2015–present: Common Sense

J Hus began his career by recording several freestyles,[2] including #StreetHeat, Bl@CKBOX and GRM Daily [15] and publishing them online.[2] He followed this with "#Rated", which samples the beat from French Montana's "Don't Panic", and "Want From Me" Remix of Kojo Funds' song, which gained a lot of coverage, helping his breakthrough. His next release was "Dem Boy Paigon", which was described by Ajay Rose of The Link Up as having "brought together an Afro-beat sound with lyrical rap ... capable of turning any dance upside down". He followed this with "No Lie" and his Warm Up. Session.[15]

Around the end of March 2015, he and MoStack released their "Westwood Crib Session". In late May 2015, he released "Lean & Bop",[15] which was streamed more than 10 million times in total on music platforms.[16] Around this time, he also released a "Daily Duppy" for GRM Music, which he followed with his first mixtape, The 15th Day.[15]

Jallow released the single "Friendly" in 2016, which received a nomination at the 2016 MOBO Awards, as well as "Playing Sports", "Liar Liar" (remix) and "Solo One", the last of which appeared on the Brotherhood soundtrack.[15]

In 2017, he featured on Nines’ "High Roller", which featured on his album One Foot Out. He also featured on Stormzy's "Bad Boys" from his album Gang Signs & Prayer, which peaked at number 22 on the UK Singles Chart,[17] on Dave's "Samantha", which peaked at number 63,[18] and charted at number 9 with his solo composition "Did You See".[19] The song served as the lead single off his debut album, Common Sense (2017). Upon release, the album was positively received by fans, and includes features from Mo Stack, MIST, Tiggs da Author and Burna Boy.[20] In May 2018, he released his EP, Big Spang (2018).

Following his arrest for carrying a bladed article in public, Jallow was sentenced to eight months in prison.[21] Jallow's label stopped releasing music with his only verse whilst incarcerated coming from collaborator Dave's debut album, Psychodrama's song "Disaster."[22] "Disaster" debuted at number eight on the UK Singles Chart on 15 March 2019.[23]

Hours after his release from prison in April 2019 he made a surprise appearance on stage at Drake's concert in London.[10]

In December 2019, J Hus announced he will no longer tour for "the next 3/4 years, maybe more". He also stated that following his next album, he would have no more features but that he wanted to work with Burna Boy and 21 Savage.[24]

Legal issues

In 2011, J Hus was arrested outside Westfield following a "mass attack" on four people, which ended in one of them being stabbed. He'd already received a referral order that year after being caught with a knife in public.[25]

In 2014 and 2015, he was arrested and served stints in Her Majesty's Feltham Prison.[13] He accrued six convictions for ten offences between 2011 and 2016, including for carrying a knife and for violent disorder. He has also been given an ASBO.[26]

In September 2015 the musician was admitted to hospital after being stabbed five times in London.[27] Whilst in hospital, he was criticised for posting on Instagram a photo of him making a gang sign from his hospital bed with the message "5 stab wounds could never stop me #AntiCh #F***DaOvaSide".[28][29] The attack left him with mild PTSD, for which at the time of his 2018 imprisonment he was seeing a therapist.[26]

In June 2018, he was arrested in Stratford and charged with carrying a knife in public.[9] He was subsequently dropped from the performance lineups of the TRNSMT and Wireless festivals.[30] Jallow appeared at Thames Magistrates' Court on 22 June and was released on bail.[31] On 20 July, he pleaded not guilty,[32] but changed his plea in October and in December was sentenced to eight months in jail.[26] When asked why he had been carrying a six-inch blade, J Hus said: "You know, it's Westfield."[33]

He was eventually released on 5 April 2019.[21]

Discography

Studio albums

List of studio albums, showing release date, label, formats, chart positions and certifications
Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
UK
[34]
UK
R&B
Common Sense 6 1

Extended plays

List of extended plays, showing release date, label, and formats
Title Details
Playing Sports
  • Released: 7 October 2016[36]
  • Label: Black Butter Records
  • Formats: Digital download
Big Spang
  • Released: 30 May 2018[37]
  • Label: Black Butter Records
  • Formats: Digital download

Mixtapes

List of mixtapes, showing release date, and format
Title Details
The 15th Day
  • Released: 26 July 2015[38]
  • Formats: Digital download

Singles

List of singles as a lead artist, with selected chart positions, certifications, and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
UK
[34]
UK
R&B

[39]
UK
Ind

[40]
IRE
[41]
"Lean & Bop"[42] 2015 Non-album singles
"Doin It"
"Friendly"[43] 2016 Common Sense
"Clean It Up"[44] Playing Sports
"Playing Sports"
"Samantha"
(with Dave)
2017 63 7 5 Non-album single
"Did You See" 9 3 63
  • BPI: 2× Platinum[35]
Common Sense
"Common Sense"[45] 55
"Spirit"[46] 36
"Bouff Daddy"[47] 26 11
"Dark Vader"[48] 2018 41 Big Spang
"Daily Duppy"
(featuring GRM Daily)[49]
2019 42 Non-album single
"Must Be"[50] 5 36
[51]
TBA
"No Denying"[52] 33
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As a featured artist

List of singles as a featured artist, showing year released, certifications and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
UK
[34]
"So Paranoid"[53]
(Mostack featuring J Hus)
2015 Non-album single
"High Roller"[54]
(Nines featuring J Hus)
2017 One Foot Out
"Everyday"[55]
(Baseman featuring J Hus)
Non-album single
"Sekkle Down"[56]
(Burna Boy featuring J Hus)
Outside
"Disaster"
(Dave featuring J Hus)
2019 8 Psychodrama
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Other charted songs

List of other charted songs, showing year released, certifications and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
UK
[34]
AUS
[57]
CAN
[58]
"Bad Boys"
(Stormzy featuring Ghetts and J Hus)
2017 22 Gang Signs & Prayer
"Fisherman"
(featuring MoStack and Mist)
47 Common Sense
"Plottin" 83
"Good Time"
(featuring Burna Boy)
88
"Like Your Style" 93
"Sweet Cheeks" 96
"Scene" 2018 85 Big Spang
"Dancing Man" 88
"What Do You Mean?"
(Skepta featuring J Hus)
2019 14 Ignorance Is Bliss
"Stinking Rich"
(MoStack & J Hus featuring Dave)
19 Stacko
"Feels"
(Ed Sheeran featuring Young Thug & J Hus)
54 77 No. 6 Collaborations Project
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Guest appearances

List of non-single guest appearances, showing year released, other artist(s), and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Lukatar" (Remix)[59] 2015 Lady Leshurr, Scratchy, Frisco, Flirta D, Gods Gift, Bonkaz, Jamakabi, Bugzy Malone, Grizzy Non-album remix
"Like Me"[60] Ca$ha Gassin Was the Case
"100 Friends"[61] Tinie Tempah Junk Food
"Solo One"[62] 2016 None BrOTHERHOOD (Original Soundtrack)
"Lose Your Head"[63] Katy B, TheHeavyTrackerz, D Double E Honey
"Liar Liar" (Remix)[64] Mostack, Krept & Konan Non-album remix
"Bad Boys"[65] 2017 Stormzy, Ghetts Gang Signs & Prayer
"Dealers & Robbers"[66] Mostack High Street Kid
"Get a Stack"[67] Krept & Konan 7 Days
"What Do You Mean?"[68] 2019 Skepta Ignorance Is Bliss
"Stinking Rich"[69] MoStack, Dave Stacko
"Feels"[70] Ed Sheeran, Young Thug No.6 Collaborations Project

Awards and nominations

Year Organisation Category Award Result
2017 Mercury Prize Common Sense Album Award Nominated
2018 VO5 NME Awards 2018 Common Sense Best Album (supported by Orange Amplification)[71] Won
2018 Brit Awards Common Sense British Album of the Year Nominated
"Did You See" British Single of the Year Nominated
J Hus British Breakthrough Act Nominated

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