J Hus finally played his first ever London gig last night (November 16), with a triumphant homecoming show that saw him rattling through debut album ‘Common Sense’ and collaborating with some of grime’s leading lights.
Before the Stratford born star arrives on the O2 Academy Brixton stage, there’s already a sense that this homecoming is going to be something quite special. Despite not being due to arrive on stage for another 45 minutes, the iconic London venue is already packed to the rafters with a celebratory crowd that can’t wait to witness the 21-year-old’s first ever show in the capital.
Fittingly, it comes in the same week that Form 696 was finally scrapped – which means that J Hus is incredibly determined to show the capital what they’ve been missing. That determination manifests itself in the form of a huge arrival onstage, which sees him emerging from a giant fisherman’s hat while four Mercedes Benz adorn the side of stage with their lights blazing. The massive production values are a huge statement of intent, and one that he entirely justifies throughout a storming 80 minute set.
There’s sheer hysteria halfway through too as Krept and Konan make a guest appearance to perform duet ’Get A Stack’, which is immediately followed by Dave’s arrival on stage for ‘Samantha’. And as the show draws to a close, it’s ‘Did You See’ which finally brings the curtain down in a blaze of ticker-tape fuelled glory. All considered, it’s a complete triumph in a venue that already seems too small to hold in his mercurial talents. Bigger rooms and bigger crowds surely await, and it’s totally deserved.
Talk about making an entrance. J Hus arrived at Brixton in a giant, spinning replica of his trademark fisherman hat.
If the fisherman hat wasn’t enough, he was joined on stage by a four-piece band, two MC’s, DJ Jae5 and four Mercedes Benz cars. As you do.
J Hus opened with ‘Common Sense’, the title-track from his debut album. He swiftly segued into ‘Like Your Style’, shouting out “all the stylish people in here”.
Midway through the show, Hus was joined by MoStack, Krept & Konan and south London rapper Dave. The latter joined forces for a performance of their ‘Samantha’ track.
Throughout, the Brixton crowd was nothing by a mass of flailing limbs, mosh pits and phones held alight. Things went truly wild when he performed old favourites ‘Dem Boy Paigon’ and ‘Lean & Bop’.
It was a landmark moment for J Hus, and the final night of his UK tour. He returns on November 30 for Spotify’s ‘Who We Be’ show at London’s Alexandra Palace. He’ll be playing alongside Bugzy Malone, Cardi B
Dizzee Rascal, Giggs and Stefflon Don.