J Hus has been jailed for eight months after pleading guilty to carrying a knife in a public place.
The award-winning rapper, whose real name is Momodou Jallow, was initially caught with the weapon after police stopped his vehicle near Westfield shopping centre in Stratford, east London on June 21.
Snaresbrook Crown Court heard how the star was in his car with his girlfriend when the pair were stopped by police officers after they smelled cannabis.
When they asked the rapper if he was carrying any illegal items, Jallow told the officers that he was in possession of a six-inch folding knife.
According to the BBC, Jallow was subsequently arrested and replied “You know, it’s Westfield” when police asked why he was carrying the weapon.
Defending Jallow, Henry Blaxland read a letter to the court on behalf of the star.
He described his choice to carry a knife as “ill-advised” and “utterly stupid”. Blaxland added that Jallow said: “I was not in the right state of mind. I’m deeply sorry and regret my foolish actions.”
Judge Sheila Canavan told the court she would be “failing in my duty” if she did not hand down a custodial sentence to the star.
The court also heard that the star has six previous convictions for 10 offences committed between 2011 and 2016 – including possession of a knife.
He has been previously convicted of violent disorder and was handed an ASBO.
J Hus released his debut album ‘Common Sense’ in 2017 to critical acclaim. In a four star review, NME wrote: ” If any single artist embodies the boundary-trouncing cross-pollination that’s making hip-hop so exciting right now, it’s 20-year-old London rapper J Hus. He’s a total vocal chameleon, capable of convincingly switching flows – switching nationality, even – depending on what the track requires.”