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J Hus in 2018
Background information
Birth name Momodou Lamin Jallow
Born (1995-05-27) 27 May 1995 (age 28)
London, England
Origin Stratford, London, England
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
Years active 2014–present
Labels Black Butter
Associated acts

Momodou Lamin Jallow (born 27 May 1995), known professionally as J Hus, is a British rapper and singer who has been credited with pioneering the genre afroswing. He is currently signed to Black Butter Records. He gained popularity in 2015 following the release of his song "Dem Boy Paigon".

J Hus' "Did You See" became his most successful single, peaking at number nine on the UK Singles Chart and eventually being certified Platinum. In 2017, he released his debut album, Common Sense, which was critically acclaimed—it was named the best UK album of 2017 by Complex. The album reached number six on the UK Albums Chart. In June 2018, he was arrested in Stratford and charged with carrying a knife in public. Hours after his release from prison in April 2019, he made a surprise appearance on stage at Canadian rapper Drake's concert at the O2 Arena in London.

In January 2020, J Hus released his second album, Big Conspiracy, which featured appearances by Jamaican singer Koffee, Nigerian singer Burna Boy and British singer Ella Mai. The album became his first number-one on the UK Albums Chart and received widespread critical acclaim.

Early life

J Hus was born 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. Jallow was raised Muslim and is of ethnic Fula and Wolof heritage. 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." 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.



2015–present: Common Sense and Big Conspiracy

J Hus began his career by recording several freestyles, including #StreetHeat, Bl@CKBOX and GRM Daily and publishing them online. He followed this with "#Rated", which samples the beat from French Montana's "Don't Panic", and "Want From Me" Remix of Kojo Funds' song, which gained a lot of coverage, helping his breakthrough. 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 SB:TV "Warm Up Session".

Around the end of March 2015, he and MoStack released their "Westwood Crib Session". In late May 2015, he released "Lean & Bop", which was streamed more than 10 million times in total on music platforms. Around this time, he also released a "Daily Duppy" for GRM Daily, which he followed with his first mixtape, The 15th Day.

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.

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

Following his arrest for carrying a bladed article in public, Jallow was sentenced to eight months in prison. Jallow's label stopped releasing music, with his only verse whilst incarcerated coming from the song "Disaster" which was released on collaborator Dave's debut album, Psychodrama. "Disaster" debuted at number eight on the UK Singles Chart on 15 March 2019.

Hours after his release from prison in April 2019 he made a surprise appearance on stage at Drake's concert at the O2 Arena in London.

In December 2019, J Hus announced he will no longer tour for "the next 3/4 years, maybe more". He also stated that following his next album, he would have no more features but that he wanted to work with Burna Boy and 21 Savage.

Personal life

J Hus is a supporter of Arsenal F.C.


Studio albums

List of studio albums, showing release date, label, formats, chart positions and certifications
Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
Common Sense
  • Released: 12 May 2017
  • Label: Black Butter
  • Formats: CD, LP, streaming, digital download
6 1
Big Conspiracy
  • Released: 24 January 2020
  • Label: Black Butter
  • Formats: CD, LP, streaming, digital download
1 1
  • BPI: Gold

Extended plays

List of extended plays, showing release date, label, and formats
Title Details
Playing Sports
  • Released: 7 October 2016
  • Label: Black Butter Records
  • Formats: Digital download
Big Spang
  • Released: 30 May 2018
  • Label: Black Butter Records
  • Formats: Digital download


List of mixtapes, showing release date, and format
Title Details
The 15th Day
  • Released: 27 February 2017
  • Formats: Streaming, digital download


List of singles as a lead artist, with selected chart positions, certifications, and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
"Lean & Bop" 2015
  • BPI: Silver
Non-album singles
"Doin It"
"Friendly" 2016
  • BPI: Silver
Common Sense
"Clean It Up" Playing Sports
"Playing Sports"
(with Dave)
2017 63 7 5
  • BPI: Platinum
Non-album single
"Did You See" 9 3 63
  • BPI: 2× Platinum
Common Sense
"Common Sense" 55
  • BPI: Silver
"Spirit" 36
  • BPI: Silver
"Bouff Daddy" 26 11
  • BPI: Platinum
"Dark Vader" 2018 41
  • BPI: Silver
Big Spang
"Daily Duppy"
(featuring GRM Daily)
2019 42 Non-album single
"Must Be" 5 36
  • BPI: Silver
Big Conspiracy
"No Denying" 33
(featuring Koffee)
2020 21 64
"Play Play"
(featuring Burna Boy)
11 38
  • BPI: Silver
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As a featured artist

List of singles as a featured artist, showing year released, certifications and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
"So Paranoid"
(Mostack featuring J Hus)
2015 Non-album single
"High Roller"
(Nines featuring J Hus)
2017 One Foot Out
(Baseman featuring J Hus)
Non-album single
"Sekkle Down"
(Burna Boy featuring J Hus)
(Dave featuring J Hus)
2019 8 23
  • BPI: Platinum
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Other charted songs

List of other charted songs, showing year released, certifications and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
"Bad Boys"
(Stormzy featuring Ghetts and J Hus)
2017 22 91
  • BPI: Silver
Gang Signs & Prayer
(featuring MoStack and Mist)
  • BPI: Gold
Common Sense
"Plottin" 83
"Good Time"
(featuring Burna Boy)
"Like Your Style" 93
"Sweet Cheeks" 96
"Scene" 2018 85 Big Spang
"Dancing Man" 88
"What Do You Mean?"
(Skepta featuring J Hus)
2019 14 37
  • BPI: Silver
Ignorance Is Bliss
"Stinking Rich"
(MoStack & J Hus featuring Dave)
19 74 Stacko
(Ed Sheeran featuring Young Thug & J Hus)
54 77 No. 6 Collaborations Project
"Big Conspiracy"
(featuring Icee TGM)
2020 19 51
  • BPI: Silver
Big Conspiracy
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Guest appearances

List of non-single guest appearances, showing year released, other artist(s), and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Lukatar" (Remix) 2015 Lady Leshurr, Scratchy, Frisco, Flirta D, Gods Gift, Bonkaz, Jamakabi, Bugzy Malone, Grizzy Non-album remix
"Like Me" Ca$ha Gassin Was the Case
"100 Friends" Tinie Tempah Junk Food
"Solo One" 2016 None BrOTHERHOOD (Original Soundtrack)
"Lose Your Head" Katy B, TheHeavyTrackerz, D Double E Honey
"Liar Liar" (Remix) Mostack, Krept & Konan Non-album remix
"Bad Boys" 2017 Stormzy, Ghetts Gang Signs & Prayer
"Dealers & Robbers" Mostack High Street Kid
"Get a Stack" Krept & Konan 7 Days
"What Do You Mean?" 2019 Skepta Ignorance Is Bliss
"Stinking Rich" MoStack, Dave Stacko
"Feels" Ed Sheeran, Young Thug No.6 Collaborations Project
"Cloak & Dagger" 2022 Burna Boy Love, Damini

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) 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
2021 Brit Awards Big Conspiracy Best Album Nominated
J Hus Best British Male Won
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