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Essential Listening: J Hus

Essential Listening: J Hus

Bringing his unique take on the grime genre to the mainstream, J Hus is now considered one of the biggest in the game. At only 21, he holds the responsibility of being a pioneer of genre merges and mixes. Since releasing his debut full length album Common Sense onto an unexpecting scene, his rise has been at a steady increase since, having taken on festival stages on an international scale and having had his debut release shortlisted for a prestigious Mercury Music Prize. It’s not a surprise that his sound is so celebrated, as it’s one of the freshest out there - to prove it, we took on the task of listing five flows from J Hus that you need to hear.

Friendly
Taken from his hugely celebrated debut Common Sense, J Hus’ anthem has got his entire fanbase ordering Fanta with ‘no h’ice’. The dancehall style beat combines with a hook so catchy it makes it difficult for anybody to stay still hearing it.

Fire In The Booth
It would be criminal to leave out his very first freestyle for Charlie Sloth’s Fire In Booth. Matching those emcees who have been dropping FITB’s for years, J Hus’ flow is fast-paced, quick-witted and pretty flawless. In between beats J Hus doesn’t want to stop, he asks Charlie to keep them coming because his brilliant mind is constantly churning out the bars that makes J Hus a stand out emcee in the grime scene.

Did You See
Did You See what J Hus done? Created another banger to dominate this year’s airwaves. A stand out single from the record, ‘Did You See’ combines a Jamaican style afro beat with once again, a ridiculously catchy hook. Probably one of the most quoted songs of the year, Hus’ ‘Came in a black benz, left in a white one’ lyric has been tweeted by many, spreading the good word of his sound.

J Hus x Dave - Samantha
Slowing it right down, J Hus collaborates with Dave for this track released in January of this year. The use of piano makes this hip hop ballad stand out from his usual sound, and adding in the voice of Dave (a grime star younger than J Hus at 19) showcases the talent of the up and coming emcees - Skepta, Stormzy and the like should be quaking in their boots.  

Lean & Bop ft DoccyDocs
One of J Hus’s earlier tracks, Lean & Bop is a fun single instructing one of the easiest dance moves in existence. With an equally as fun video to match, this single put out by SB:TV is bound to get you moving - if you’re feeling the vibe.

J Hus will be treating a sold out O2 Academy Leeds crowd to live versions of some of these tracks. He then headlines Liverpool’s Camp and Furnace and he’ll be joined by Toddla T, Chip, The Dreem Teem, Donae’o, Ms Banks and more as Chibuku host an entire night dedicated to the grime genre on Saturday 28th October. On November 10th, he’ll be taking to Store Street for a Warehouse Project sesh.

 

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