Controversial, yet undeniably musically genius J Hus sits comfortably high within the UK rap scene and also within mainstream music. His powerful ability to influence and stand out has led to his success within the industry.
He became a UK rap favourite in 2015 following the release of his song “Dem Boy Paigon.” And then released go to track “Did you see” on 2 March 2017 which went on to become his biggest song and reach platinum. Followed by 2017 debut album, Common Sense which made number six on the UK albums Chart.
The controversy surrounding J Hus came in June 2018, following his arrest in Stratford before being charged with carrying a knife in public which he later admitted to. J Hus said he was sorry and he “fully accepted his actions were careless”. He told the court his decision to carry a knife was “ill advised” and “utterly stupid”, adding: “I was not in the right state of mind.”
Despite having not been able to make music for four months during his time spent in prison, he was quick to get back on his feet when he performed at Drakes concert at 02 arena in Birmingham in April hours after his release and teased of new music and an album release.
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J Hus’ has also made no secret of his beliefs and his stream-of-consciousness statements posted on social media, revolving around race and religion have caused quite a stir and impact on his career.
An example being when he posted on twitter, “When I stopped doing black magic is when my life fell apart.” This along side many other statements made have influenced the themes and messages on his latest release.
The genuineness and honesty in Big conspiracy reveals a new man, post- jail, ready to take on his judgement and face the music. A new sound, content and effortlessly great melody and hooks make this album refreshing yet equally as popular as his old songs if not more.
The title track ‘Big Conspiracy’ is a honest introduction to J Hus. He raps about being judged “They wanna judge me from what i do/ it’s a big conspiracy.” The track features icee who is speculated to be J Hus’ sister. She sings angelically on a neo-soul beat that compliments both artist voice and eases you into the album.
This singers voice is contrasted with the punch of the lyrics; which discuss migrant issues. The track fades out ending with a saxophone solo that softens the overall heaviness of the subject matter.
Helicopter is the second song to feature on the album. Similarly it eases you into the album. J Hus raps about life and girls, this is one of the less influential songs on the album.
Fight for your right details J Hus determination to carry on doing good and getting better while standing up for what he believes in “Get the bread, avoid the drama/ you can avoid the feds but not the karma.”
”The track titled ‘Triumph’ is a positive outlook on J Hus life experience. The track shows his growth and maturity as he raps “the fakest form an alliance, the real will always triumph.” He reflects on friendships and relationships, work ethic and his personal journey.
‘No Denying’, ‘Must Be’, and ‘Love, Peace and Prosperity’ – all follow the same themes friendships, relationships, challenges, manifestation, music street life and being guilty by association. Together they fit to create the perfect album and sum up how in his words“I live a street life and i sing a melody”.
J Hus is an open book and a storyteller. The simplistic yet captivating rhythm and melodies and use of instrument adds charisma to the song. His direct straight talking manner and ability to put us right at the centre of his thoughts help us to envision his lifestyle, allow us to connect with his music and empathise with his journey.
It is clear J Hus spent time creating the album and dissecting each and every part of his life. The album is a clear analysis of his best and worst parts of his life and his attitudes towards them. From this it is evident J Hus is aware of the controversy and judgement that surrounds him, but because of music he is able to escape it and focus on triumphing.
To listen to the album click the link https://soundcloud.com/iut-management/sets/j-hus-big-conspiracy