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J Hus

J Hus
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J Hus in January 2018
Background information
Momodou Jallow
Juju J, Esha Rahman's man
Born (1995-05-27) 27 May 1995 (age 23)
OriginLondon, England, U.K.
LabelsBlack Butter Records

Momodou Jallow (born 27 May 1995 in London, England),[1] better known by his stage name J Hus, is a rapper and singer living in England signed to Black Butter Records.[2]

He gained popularity in 2015 following the release of his song "Dem Boy Paigon". J Hus released "Did You See" on March 2, 2017, quickly becoming his biggest song peaking at number 9 on the UK Singles Chart and eventually being certified platinum. On 12 May 2017, J Hus released his debut album, Common Sense, peaking at number 6 on the UK Albums Chart.[3][4]

He has served a number of prison terms for knife and other offences.


J Hus was born Momodou Jallow in London and grew up in the city's Stratford district. He is of Gambian descent, and was raised by his mother who emigrated to England when she was 25 years old.[5] Jallow was raised Muslim and is of ethnic Fulani people heritage.[6] 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."[7] 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.[5]

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.[6]

Music career

2015-present: Common Sense

J Hus began his career by recording several freestyles,[8] including #StreetHeat, Bl@CKBOX and GRM daily [9] and publishing them online.[8] He followed this with "#Rated", which samples the beat from French Montana's "Don't Panic", and "Want From Me (Remix)". 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.[9]

Around the end of March 2015, he and MoStack released their "Westwood Crib Session". In late May 2015, he released "Lean & Bop",[9] which was streamed six million times in total from music platforms such as Youtube, Itunes. }}[10] Around this time, he also released a "Daily Duppy" for GRM Music, which he followed with his first mixtape, The 15th Day.[9]

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.[9]

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,[11] on Dave's "Samantha", which peaked at number 63,[12] and charted at number 9 with his solo composition "Did You See".[13] 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.[14] In May 2018, he released his EP, Big Spang (2018).

Criminal convictions

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. [15]

In 2014 and 2015, he was arrested and served stints in Feltham Prison.[6] He accrued six convictions for ten offenses between 2011 and 2016, including for carrying a knife and for violent disorder. He has also been given an ASBO.[16]

In September 2015, the musician was hospitalised after being stabbed five times in London.[17] 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".[18][19] The attack left him with mild PTSD, for which at the time of his 2018 imprisonment he was seeing a therapist.[16]

In June 2018, he was arrested in Stratford and charged with carrying a knife in public.[20] He was subsequently dropped from the performance lineups of the TRNSMT and Wireless festivals.[21] Jallow appeared at Thames Magistrates' Court on 22 June and was released on bail.[22] On 20 July, he pleaded not guilty,[23] but changed his plea in October and in December was sentenced to eight months in jail.[16] When asked why he was carrying a six-inch blade following the most recent arrest, J Hus said: "You know, it's Westfield."[24]


Studio albums

Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
Common Sense[26] 6 1 -- --

Extended plays

Title Details
Big Spang - EP


Title Details
The 15th Day
  • Released: 26 July 2015
  • Formats: Digital download


List of singles as a lead artist, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album


"Lean & Bop" 2015 -- -- -- -- Non-album single
"Doin It" -- -- -- --
"Friendly" 2016 -- -- -- -- Common Sense
"Playing Sports" -- -- -- -- Playing Sports
(with Dave)
2017 63 7 5 -- Non-album single
"Did You See" 9 3 -- 63 Common Sense
"Common Sense" 55 -- -- --
"Spirit" 36 -- -- --
"Bouff Daddy" 26 11 -- --
"Dark Vader" 2018 41 -- -- -- Big Spang

Other charted songs

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
(featuring MoStack and Mist)
2017 47 Common Sense
"Plottin" 83
"Good Time"
(featuring Burna Boy)
"Like Your Style" 93
"Sweet Cheeks" 96
"Scene" 2018 85 Big Spang
"Dancing Man" 88

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)[33] 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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  10. ^ "BBC Sound Of 2016 longlist revealed". BBC News.
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  12. ^ "DAVE AND J HUS". Official Charts Company.
  13. ^ "J HUS | full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2017.
  14. ^ "J Hus Announced Details Of His Debut Album, Common Sense". Fader. 4 April 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  15. ^ "J Hus: Why he felt he had to take a knife to Westfield". The BBC. BBC. 15 December 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  16. ^ a b c "J Hus jailed for eight months for carrying knife". BBC. Retrieved 2018.
  17. ^ "J Hus is Carving Out a New British Sound, Injecting UK Afrobeats with Rudeboy Flavour". Noisey.
  18. ^ "Stabbed London rapped J Hus slammed for making 'gang signs' in hospital bed". Evening Standard.
  19. ^ Rowlands, Geoffrey (29 May 2017). "J Hus on learning from his 2015 stabbing and maturing as a performer". Gulf Times. GPPC. Retrieved 2018.
  20. ^ Horton, Tom (25 June 2018). "Rapper J Hus charged with possession of a knife near Westfield shopping centre". Newham Recorder. Retrieved 2018.
  21. ^ Evans, Mel (4 July 2018). "J Hus apologises as he's replaced on Wireless lineup following weapons arrest". Metro. Retrieved 2018.
  22. ^ "J Hus thanks fans after arrest". BBC News. 4 July 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  23. ^ "Rapper J Hus to go on trial after denying knife possession charge". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. 20 July 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  24. ^ "J Hus: Why he felt he had to take a knife to Westfield". The BBC. BBC. 15 December 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  25. ^ "The Official UK Top 40 Albums Chart". Radio 1.
  26. ^ "Common Sense by J Hus on iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved 2017.
  27. ^ a b c d e f g h "Certified Awards Search" (To access, enter the search parameter "J Hus"). British Phonographic Industry.
  28. ^ "DAVE FT DRAKE | full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2016.
  29. ^ "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40 (11 November 2016)". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2016.
  30. ^ "Official Independent Singles Chart Top 50 (4 November 2016)". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2016.
  31. ^ "IRMA - Irish Charts". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 2017.
  32. ^ "j-hus | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". www.officialcharts.com. Retrieved .
  33. ^ "Here are all the winners from the VO5 NME Awards 2018 - NME". NME. 2018-02-14. Retrieved .

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