He doesn’t really rap, and he’s never fully committed to singing. J Hus is a household name within the UK, a soon-to-be in North America, and a certified summer classic everywhere. Momodou Lamin Jallow, known as J Hus, was born in Stratford and has been cultivating afroswing since his first popular release in 2015, titled Dem Boy Paigon.
Since then, his album Common Sense has chartered astronomical numbers, offering cult classic tunes like Did You See and Spirit. He’s flown a bit under the radar since his last studio album release in 2020. Although he hasn’t released music in a few years, J Hus is a well-known name that offers bangers for all. Who knows, maybe when of the tracks below will pique your fancy.
Did You See
Coming hot off the press is Did You See, the undisputed best tune off of Common Sense. Did You See is a laid-back, melodic track that was produced by JAE 5, the same producer that created the beat for Samantha by Dave. J Hus has super unique and intriguing vocals, which are showcased extremely well in this track.
The infamous bar “Came in a black Benz, left in a white one,” helped drum up the entire track. Hus went off to a bbq at one of his friend’s houses, in which he was dropped off by one friend in a black Mercedes, and was subsequently picked up by a different friend in a white one. The whole tune was conceived from a little story Hus told his manager, which he thought was just funny. Thankfully, his manager told him to write that shi*t down.
A collaboration that we didn’t know we needed: Burna Boy and J Hus. Coming off of Big Conspiracy is Play Play, a song that instantly screams summer vibes. The beat itself is something that Burna Boy fans are familiar with as it features a ton of accentuating beats along with a smooth, main line of hard drums.
Back-to-back bangers off Big Conspiracy, Must Be is a seriously underrated track that you need on one of your playlists. This tune is particularly special due to his take on an inherently British flow. He performs choppy lyrics which pair like peanut butter and jelly on a crisp, tough beat. It’s not a track to identify him to, but a good one nonetheless.
Here we are, back with Common Sense. If we’re being real, the whole album needs a full listen, but, we both don’t have the time to go through a full breakdown.
Spirit is a joyous track that, well, puts you in the spirit. It’s a heartwarming track that makes you want to get off your feet and dance a little. Maybe you’ve had a bad day, or maybe you want to ride the wave of a good one. Nonetheless, Spirit is a track for you.
Disaster and Samantha are both completely separate tracks, although J Hus plays the same role in both. I could even throw What Do You Mean? By Skepta into the mix but that might be a lot.
In both tunes, Hus’ unique tone offsets the vocals of Dave extremely well. His vocals have a bit more of a bravado in comparison to other tracks and carry well alongside two very different beats. Of the two, Disaster is a track with more of a rap flavour, whereas Samantha is a bit more joyful overall.
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