J Hus began burning up the London music scene in 2015 with his hit records Dem Boy Paigon and Lean and Bop. Rising out of the crime riddled, impoverished streets of Newham, London’s east end, J Hus infuses Grime, Afrobeat, and Reggae to deliver an authentic experience in the featured video entitled Friendly. This is the ground zero of UK street life and Hip-Hop, and the budding style of the new age.
For the longest time, America had an indisputable influence over the global Hip-Hop culture. J-Hus has stated that his earliest influences were American artists, being inspired to start rapping after hearing 50 Cent. J Hus’ ability as a songwriter and master of melody/vocal riddims are major reasons for his meteoric rise to fame and ultimately his coronation as the most prominent UK Hip-Hop artist of 2015.
We have seen stardom propel a number of young artists out of the streets and into the American hip-hop scene, but very few artists combine song making abilities with traditional rhyme skills like J Hus. For years, American artists returned home from European tours exclaiming Europe’s love for Hip Hop and their deep understanding of the culture as a whole. It’s becoming clear that the influence stream from the U.S to Europe has now become a two way street. Terms like “Road” have made its way into our everyday Hip Hop vernacular and fashion tastes (like the Moncler hanging inside many a closet) thanks to their pure practice of our sacred concrete culture.
J Hus released a diss track entitled “Dejaoire”, meaning “money” in French (“de l’argent”), to fellow UK artist Kojo Funds responding to the events of J Hus’ September stabbing. A picture surfaced on J Hus’ instagram account of him receiving medical attention for his wounds and throwing up a gang sign that is allegedly connected to gang culture in Canning Town, London. J Hus started receiving backlash for the defiance he displayed on social media as he sought treatment.
The ability for talent to shine against any and all odds is what Hip Hop has always been about. So as far I am concerned, the backlash from the UK status quo only confirms the authenticity J Hus brings to his records. I heard a wise man once say “America no longer loves Hip-Hop, we love money”. Though as a proud member of the Hip-Hop culture, I don’t totally agree with this sentiment as this culture of ours is about who inspires you to dress like you dress, rhyme like you rhyme, bomb how you bomb; and as the Forefathers would say, the proof is in the pudding.