Editors’ Notes “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 mesmerising 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 get 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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Big Conspiracy (feat. iceè tgm)
1
3:38
 
Helicopter (feat. iceè tgm)
2
2:33
 
Fight for Your Right
3
3:17
 
Triumph
4
2:50
 
Play Play (feat. Burna Boy)
5
3:25
 
Cucumber
6
2:40
 
Repeat (feat. Koffee)
7
2:33
 
Fortune Teller
8
2:34
 
Reckless
9
2:28
 
No Denying
10
3:48
 
Must Be
11
3:28
 
One and Only (feat. Ella Mai)
12
3:26
 
Love, Peace and Prosperity
13
3:14
 
Deeper Than Rap
14
4:05
 

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