After the release of the Brit and Mercury-nominated Common Sense in 2017, J Hus has finally released his sophomore album Big Conspiracy. The project has been highly anticipated since the East London rapper’s release from prison back in April and expectations have not been disappointed.
With Common Sense, J Hus confirmed himself as one of the rising stars of the UK rap scene. Thanks to his club bangers and unique ability to mix different sounds – hip-hop, afrobeat, dancehall, bashment and grime – he became the pioneer of a new genre, Afroswing.
In Big Conspiracy, the rapper appears more mature, both lyrically and stylistically. Throughout the album, J Hus is able to switch between self-reflective and deeply honest tracks that carry a meaningful message, like Fight for Your Right and Deeper Than Rap, and soon-to-become classic club anthems, such as Cucumber and Fortune Teller.
The production credits of the 13-track project include Levi Lennox, iO and TSB. Nevertheless, the transition between different styles and moods would not have been possible without the executive production of Jae5, J Hus‘ long time collaborator and renowned “genre-blender”.
The collaboration with two of the most exciting acts of 2020 makes the project even more special. Burna Boy‘s afrobeat vibes in Play Play and Grammy-winner Koffee‘s reggae sound in Repeat are the ice on top of the cake.
What next? Hopefully, a Big Conspiracy UK and European tour.
Overall score: 9/10
Best songs: Cucumber, Deeper Than Rap
You know J Hus is sick,
but as soon as you press play on new J Hus, you realise he is even better than you thought in your head.
The guy is gone.
— Jme (@JmeBBK) January 25, 2020