London has produced a glut of awesome young rappers in recent years, but you’ll find few more as incendiary and influential than Stratford-born J Hus. Lauded by the likes of Drake, Dave, Burna Boy and Stormzy, the rapper has risen to prominence within the UK scene, courted controversy, and even pioneered Afroswing – a distinctive blend of grime, Afro-beats, dancehall and Auto-Tune-infused R&B.
Born Momodou Lamin Jallow, the Londoner of Gambian heritage was brought up by his mother in the borough of Stratford and raised on African music he’d hear at his community’s parties. He began to rap from an early age after a life-changing discovery of 50 Cent. Taking his stage name from the word ‘hustler’, J Hus pursued music fully having been expelled from school and encouraged to focus on a career in rap by his childhood friend-turned-manager Moe, alongside his older brother who both formed 2K Management.
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