J Hus has announced his debut album Common Sense. Out May 12 on Black Butter, the LP follows a number of collaborations and 2015’s poker-hot mixtape, The 15th Day. See the album artwork below.

The Stratford rapper’s breakthrough came with his ubiquitous club smashes ‘Dem Boy Paigon’ and ‘Lean & Bop’ in 2015, which put him at the forefront of the emergent afrotrap scene – the blend of afrobeats given a UK twist of grime and bashment that’s one of the most exciting sounds around. A mixtape that year, The 15th Day, whetted appetites even further, and J Hus was named in the 2016 BBC Sound of… longlist.

This year, J Hus has collaborated with Streatham rapper Dave on the pensive ‘Samantha’, stolen the show on Nines’ brooding ‘High Roller’ and popped up on the event album of 2017 to date, Stormzy’s Gang Signs & Prayer, with the hook of ‘Bad Boys’. But it’s the lilt and bounce – “came in a black Benz, left in a white one” – of his own chiming ‘Did You See?’ that’s raised the anticipation levels highest.

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