J Hus broke onto the scene in 2016 with his debut album, ‘Common Sense,’ and now the London rapper is back with his sophomore, ‘Big Conspiracy.’ Having been released from a second jail bid (for carrying a knife), this album brings a more reflective sound than his debut.
There is still the mix of grime, dancehall and African R&B influences in his music and there are still moments of road talk, such as with ‘Reckless’ and ‘Helicopter:’
And ‘No Denying:’
However, J Hus also speaks on deeper subjects such as incarceration, colonialism and the paranoia of the street life – such as on the reflective, ‘Deeper Than Rap.’
For all this, there are also some lighter moments, often with a sexual twist, such as on the Burna Boy featuring, ‘Play Play:’
With a relaxed flow, J Hus’ lyricism is built around straight-talking, simple yet effective rhymes, which are well balanced with guests like Koffee (‘Repeat’) and Ella Mai (on the soulful, ‘One and Only’):
While J Hus delivers with his lyricism, the production keeps the whole set bubbling along with JAE5 handling much of the board-work along with TSB and Sunny Kale. The effect of having so few producers is a coherent sound that works throughout, even where it stretches the boundaries, such as with the beautifully musical, ‘Must Be.’
This 14-track collection has been out for a minute but has finally been released on vinyl (for the wax collectors), so it seemed like a good excuse to highlight this strong release to anyone who may have been caught sleeping.