British grime artist J Hus made his name uploading freestyles online, before moving onto mixtapes. The 20-year-old rapper has now released his debut album Common Sense.
It opens strongly with the title track: sharp lyrics are laid over a blend of 90s hip hop, fast trumpets, and sparkly strings. Next, J Hus calls upon early 00s R’n’B beats in Bouff Daddy.
Clartin is far more aggressive, featuring gunfire samples, while Leave Me gives J Hus space for emotional and honest lyrics.
Close Doors and Good Luck Chale show jazz influences, while the closing tracks mix things up even further: Mash Up uses synth sounds, Who You Are includes a strong dub beat and Friendly has a dreamy feel. Goodies is the most urgent-sounding track, using samples to paint the rapper in a gangster light.
However, the middle section feels a little stale. Both Did You See and Plottin move in a dance-pop direction, but other tracks Like Your Style, Sweet Cheeks, Fisherman and Good Time all use a same-y blend of electro R’n’B and afrobeat.
Overall, J Hus has put together a strong lineup of catchy instrumentals and different moods, . For R’n’B or grime fans, it would be only common sense to add this record to their collection.
Contains strong language