British-Gambia rapper, J Hus has finally released his highly anticipated project called “Big Conspiracy” album.
“I was fresh from a war but it was internal/Every day I encounter another hurdle,” J Hus spits as he closes Big Conspiracy on the piano-led “Deeper Than Rap.” That war, and the highs and lows of Momodou Jallow’s life, make for a mesmerizing second album.
Lyrics address his incarceration, street life, God, violence, his African roots, and colonialism. From others those themes would feel heavy, but delivered in J Hus’ effortless voice, with a flow that switches frequently, they stun.
The references are playful, too—Mick Jagger and Woody Woodpecker are mentioned on “Fortune Teller” and Destiny’s Child gets a recurrent role in the standout “Fight for Your Right.” Hus is backed by inventive instrumentation encompassing delicate strings, Afrobeats, reggae and hip-hop and nods to garage and Dr. Dre’s work with 50 Cent, while Koffee and Burna Boy contribute to the celebratory feel on “Repeat” and “Play Play.”
This is a record as diverse, smart, and vibrant as anything coming from the UK right now.
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