J Hus: The Sound of the UK

📸 by Olivia Rose

📸 by Olivia Rose

The narrow street outside of Clash’s office is consumed by a pair of Mercedes-Benzes.

Stratford’s J Hus wanders between them - one black, one white, as in his hit single ‘Did You See’ - soaking them in with a smile. Suddenly his attention catches a congregation of school kids at the end of the street. As he looks up at them, they hide their phones away and do their best impressions of calm-and-collected, unable to disguise their excitement at sighting the unassuming star.

“What do you lot want?” Hus shouts, a broad smile spreading across his face. “You want a picture? Come on then.” He obliges, getting into the centre of a huddle of 10 of them to take the photo. Only a couple of years out of his own teens, Hus looks more like one of the group himself than the pop star that they can’t wait to run and tell their friends and siblings about. It’s a role that he’s having to grow into, and quickly.

Momodou Jallow has matured into one of the country’s most exciting new musical talents, with his debut album ‘Common Sense’ currently enjoying a solid Top 10 run. “When you put work out there you want people to acknowledge it,” says Hus, reflecting on the fan photo opp. “It just means that it’s working. The music is doing its job. I’m very happy right now.”

Read on via Clash Magazine...