J Hus has been sentenced to eight months in prison after admitting to carrying a knife in public.
The former Music Week cover star, real name Momodou Jallow, was found in possession of a knife when police stopped a car near Westfield shopping centre in Stratford, East London on June 21.
Judge Sandy Canavan at Snaresbrook Crown Court said that the rapper “fully accepted his actions were careless”.
The Black Butter artist told the court his decision was “ill advised” and “utterly stupid”.
Representatives of J Hus and Black Butter have not responded to Music Week’s requests for comment.
J Hus released his BRIT Award-nominated debut album Common Sense last year; it peaked at No.6 and has sold 213,884 copies to date. Its biggest track is Did You See, which hit 1,085,878 sales in August.
In August 2017, Hus told Music Week: “I’ve been feeling like a real pop star. I’m just getting bigger and bigger, it’s an amazing feeling, this is what I’ve always wanted. I’m happy, the music is just doing its job, taking me where I want to go.”
Hus remains at the forefront of UK rap, and the JAE5-produced Common Sense straddles multiple genres.
“I always want to be me,” he told Music Week. “I’d rather be recognised for being me than being something that’s not me. It means way more that I’ve been able to be myself on my album. That’s how I identify, that’s how I feel myself because I’m always mixing sounds. That’s what people know J Hus for, always being so diverse.”
Black Butter president Joe Gossa said: “You have someone special, who’s completely relevant and innovative. If you’ve got all that and you’re having hits too… Well, that’s game over.”
Jus Hus released a new EP, Big Spang, in May. Lead track Dark Vader has142,688 sales to date. The MC was part of the line-up for Parklife festival in June.
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