Review: J Hus
Wednesday 10th May saw rising star J Hus come to Bristol to perform at the prestigious Motion. It’s safe to say that he had the crowd leaning & bopping. Currently in the process of his UK tour, J Hus came packed with good vibes, love, and bursts of energy to please his fans. He performed some new tracks off of his debut album ‘Common Sense’, his latest mixtape ‘The 15th Day’ (arguably one of the best UK mixtapes of the year) and some of his most recent singles ‘Common Sense’, ‘Did You See’ and ‘Samantha’ featuring young and upcoming London star, Santan Dave. Youths are taking over the scene and J Hus brings a friendly and fun-filled blend of music genres to the stage.
Hailing from Stratford Newham, J Hus quickly rose to fame with his anthemic track ‘Dem Boy Paigon’; a track that had (and still has) crowds across the country singing along to the catchy hooks and dancing along to the Afrobeat rhythms. British Grime artists are making waves all over the country as well as abroad, however what sets J Hus apart from the grunt of Grime is his unique Afrocentric synthesis of styles and a fearless desire to maintain his own identity. Opening his set with ‘I’m Coming’, J Hus brought to the stage exactly that; a unique style and attitude alongside clever wordplay, catchy hooks and a powerful stage presence. Supported by Birmingham crew Lotto Boyz and the vibrant Croydon rapper Nadia Rose, the crowd were already pumped and ready to rock. Hus rolled onto the stage with an introduction from his hype-men whom throughout the set made the show just as mesmerising for the audience as J Hus himself.
“The show was an enlightening reminder that it’s not always a bad thing when we have white kids appreciating black culture, singing along to black artists, paying to see their shows and taking on their styles.”
Catering for everyone, J Hus successfully brought together all kinds of styles, cultures, and races in a peaceful manner to skank, dance and of course lean and bop. The show was an enlightening reminder that it’s not always a bad thing when we have white kids appreciating our culture, singing along to black artists, paying to see their shows and taking on their styles. It’s all for the community, love and support. With no intention of trouble or harm, J Hus wowed and empowered his crowd by further breaking down the perceptions of violence and anger that has often been perpetuated onto Grime music. With one minor case of an altercation, the troublemakers were quickly spotted by Hus who proceeded to boo them out of the show. Dem boys there were most certainly paigon.
Later in the night Hus couldn’t contain his love and appreciation for the Bristolian fans so he decided to take a wild stage dive over the barriers and into the ecstatic crowd. Phone cameras were snapping, hands were clapping and the whole event just had a rare energy and good vibe. Fans serenaded J Hus with roars, cheers and recitals of his lyrics. The love and connection is deep with this one. It’s not hard to see why J Hus’s infectious sound is spreading around the country like wildfire. For someone who only began to really start taking rap seriously three years ago, this 20-year-old has made some serious achievements, including signing to Black Butter Records which hosts names of multiple chart toppers such as Rudimental, Clean Bandit and grime veteran Wiley.
Forward thinking, all round entertaining and very friendly, J Hus really does know what his fans want (I really do like my Fanta with no ice!!). I’m certain we’ll be seeing more of J Hus in the future so keep your eyes and ears open as this young rapper progresses through his career. The release date for his debut album ‘Common Sense’ is the 12th May and is now available for pre-order on iTunes.
Header image by Elliot Kennedy