THROWBACK: J Hus showed us how to 'Lean & Bop'
Early 2015 brought a monstrous SBTV ‘Warm Up Sessions’ and a phenomenal introduction to this talent young man, J Hus (alongside late-2014’s Bl@ckBox, #Rated, ‘Dem Boy Paigon’ and ‘No Lie’. Following it up, 4 months after, he returns to Jamal’s platform to deliver ‘Lean & Bop’.
Since being released from prison recently, the genre defining star has performed with Drake and released a Daily Duppy (that was recorded before he got sent down). It will be interesting to see what his next moves will be, but when we reminisce on his throwbacks, it’s clear that out the gate, J Hus was pushing boundaries and creating an isolated lane for himself that others would eventually follow.
‘Lean & Bop’ gave us a look into to this new, fun, experimental artist, and set the tone for his sound. The tune, visuals and atmosphere intertwine well and are parallel in feel - it’s lively, bright, positive, happy, fun, enjoyable, catchy, and wavey. It is lighter than his previous releases, whilst the energy can clearly be seen in the visuals as the Black Butter Records artist stays smiling for about 95% of it.
JOAT (the collective founded by Jae5’s uncle, Blem) produces the record. Though, as Jae5 was working under this imprint, it may be safe to say that he played a big part in this record as he has with many other J Hus hits. The J Hus and Jae5 relationship is one in particular, that shows us how crucial it can be to ‘come up’ with talented production, your own sound and to start with a high musical quality. We can also see this in acts like DJ Mustard and YG; J Rick and Octavian; Timberland and Missy Elliott; Steel Banglez and Mist/MoStack; Dr. Dre and Eminem.
J Hus has truly defined the Afro-Rap genre that he has helped create. 2019 will surely be exciting.