j hus - dem boy paigon

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they wanna do me imma do you before you do me imma do you before you do me


i love this song so much and ppl don't make enough threads based off single tracks anymore

posted this on summer jams and r|t|c said it was "trapfrobeat" but i googled it and his post was on the first page of results, reinforcing my theory that he and Tim have been making this shit up since uk funky petered out

noisey call him the "British Young Thug" (lol) i don't think that's accurate but nearly every line in the song gets stuck in my head (go get a dayjob go get a line i said ooohh)

mixtape: https://soundcloud.com/jhus-3/sets/the-15th-day-mixtape

flopson, Wednesday, 2 September 2015 03:17 (seven years ago) link

"She don't want no scrubs, zimm, zimma, who's got keys to the beemer"

"small boy take your time"

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 2 September 2015 03:57 (seven years ago) link

The whole mixtape is great. One of my favorites this year.

longneck, Wednesday, 2 September 2015 04:53 (seven years ago) link

yeah this is really great

lex pretend, Wednesday, 2 September 2015 06:37 (seven years ago) link

two months pass...

"lean & bop" might be even better and deeply satisfying to hear at parties this year


lex pretend, Friday, 20 November 2015 14:52 (seven years ago) link

i swear this thread was longer

lex pretend, Friday, 20 November 2015 14:52 (seven years ago) link

Okay how did I miss this? The whole mixtape is fantastic but Dem Boy Paigon is a late contender for my song of the year, just the brazen nonchalance with which he drops in the P-Square and JME references.

I wouldn't have thought that "trapfrobeat" would work as a concept (and god knows the Krept & Konan album demonstrates why British people should never be allowed to rap over trap beats) but the rhythmic loosening up really works for me.

Matt DC, Friday, 4 December 2015 08:49 (seven years ago) link

you need the geko ep in your life too! this song is so endearing


lex pretend, Friday, 4 December 2015 08:51 (seven years ago) link

really want to know the roots of "paigon", like does it derive from pagan?

lex pretend, Friday, 4 December 2015 10:58 (seven years ago) link

(just realised the geko single should have been/was this generation's "fill me in") #nodads

lex pretend, Friday, 4 December 2015 14:30 (seven years ago) link

sick 2step remix from rude kid on black butter


Benny B, Thursday, 17 December 2015 12:08 (seven years ago) link

seven months pass...


just sayin, Thursday, 11 August 2016 21:11 (six years ago) link

eight months pass...

So yeah, this guy's about to become massive, right? Did You See is getting regularly daytime Radio 1 rotation, but it really hit home on Sunday when I sat on the Tube opposite two kids who must have been maybe eight or nine excitedly telling their mum how awesome J Hus was.

And then to drop a massive slab of fake g-funk as the teaser for the album:


Matt DC, Friday, 5 May 2017 18:05 (six years ago) link

(Also their mum was sort of nodding politely and trying not to look bored)

Matt DC, Friday, 5 May 2017 18:06 (six years ago) link

Wasn't too impressed by the new track at first but it's grown on me. I didn't know Did You See was on daytime Radio 1 but I did notice it's got about 12 million views on youtube

paolo, Saturday, 6 May 2017 08:29 (six years ago) link

feels like there's been a load of buzz around about him recently, been seeing his name everywhere. good PR plus his music/he is quite charming, - should be a win. hope the new one is good. thought 15th day was mixed but the best (dem boy paigon, shawty inda bando) were great and i p much had on solid rotation at the time.

Fizzles, Saturday, 6 May 2017 08:34 (six years ago) link

xpost agreed about did you see, but really into it now

just sayin, Saturday, 6 May 2017 12:35 (six years ago) link

friendly was great tho & wasnt mentioned on ilx?

just sayin, Saturday, 6 May 2017 12:36 (six years ago) link

glad to hear he's getting some buzz

flopson, Saturday, 6 May 2017 14:13 (six years ago) link

common sense is incredible

passionate plant-based athlete (voodoo chili), Saturday, 6 May 2017 14:32 (six years ago) link

the album is brilliant, his stage presence live is incredible, imminent stardom makes total sense

lex pretend, Monday, 8 May 2017 16:03 (six years ago) link


Matt DC, Friday, 12 May 2017 07:54 (six years ago) link

Get dough like we're obligated / Dem man discombobulated / That's big boy grammar / came through with a big boy blamma

Matt DC, Friday, 12 May 2017 08:02 (six years ago) link

enjoying Common Sense. I like the way this guy is interested in trying a lot of different styles and isn't tied down to grime/UK hiphop purism

Shat Parp (dog latin), Friday, 12 May 2017 09:57 (six years ago) link

straight fire beginning to end, this album. top marks as an afrobeats album (or "representation of the scene" or w/e), top marks as a rap album, top marks as a pop album

lex pretend, Friday, 12 May 2017 19:04 (six years ago) link

man how good is this album? don't think I've gone a day without listening to it since it came out.

delete clartin and the last 3 tracks, move "spirit" to the end and it's basically perfect. wish i was in london so i could hear this coming out of every car.

oiocha, Sunday, 21 May 2017 01:50 (six years ago) link

think clartin bangs and it went off when I saw him live (which was great btw)

||||||||, Sunday, 21 May 2017 08:08 (six years ago) link

agree the albums great tho

||||||||, Sunday, 21 May 2017 08:08 (six years ago) link

Thumbs up from Caramanica in NY Times

curmudgeon, Sunday, 21 May 2017 11:23 (six years ago) link

thumbs up from me too. 'Good Luck Chale' is so good

flopson, Friday, 26 May 2017 15:05 (six years ago) link

yeah this is great, also top warm weather music

del esdichado (NickB), Friday, 26 May 2017 15:09 (six years ago) link

Grime for the winter, afro-bashment for the summer

paolo, Friday, 26 May 2017 15:40 (six years ago) link

J Hus is a star and I like this album a lot. Still miss a bit of the spontaneous dem boy paigon-ish fun however. I wish there were a bit more 100 bpm dance friendly jams and a bit less trying to make another Blueprint.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 26 May 2017 15:55 (six years ago) link


flopson, Friday, 26 May 2017 16:16 (six years ago) link


Jace DJ Rupture Clayton cover story on J Hus

curmudgeon, Friday, 2 June 2017 15:26 (six years ago) link

eleven months pass...

New EP up on Spotify. It's called Big Spang. I have no clue what that means

paolo, Thursday, 31 May 2018 16:09 (five years ago) link

three weeks pass...

J Hus has appeared in court, after being charged with carrying a knife.

London's Metropolitan Police confirmed to Newsbeat, using his real name Momodou Jallow, that the rapper was remanded in custody.

The 23-year-old was arrested on 21 June, after being stopped in a vehicle by a marked police car.

"Occupants of the vehicle were searched and a man was arrested on suspicion of being in possession of a knife/ bladed article," police said.
He was arrested close to Westfield shopping centre in Stratford and appeared at Thames Magistrates Court the following day.

The MOBO award winner, and three-time Brit award nominee, has upcoming gigs in the next month that appear to be in doubt.

They include appearances at TRNSMT festival in Glasgow on 30 June and London's Wireless festival on 7 July.

J Hus' management has been contacted by Newsbeat but have not yet commented.

paolo, Saturday, 23 June 2018 20:06 (four years ago) link

what a dickhead

Britain's Sexiest Cow (jed_), Saturday, 23 June 2018 20:20 (four years ago) link

dancing man is a bop

||||||||, Saturday, 23 June 2018 21:18 (four years ago) link

what a dickhead

Here's the part where I say that a famous rapper being caught with a knife is, at best, spectacularly unhelpful in the current climate in London.

Here's the part where I say that it's probably not as easy as people think to transition out of a life when you're in and out of prison, where you get stabbed five times, to one where you're hugely recognisable and where there are still a lot of people who want to fuck with you, and you aren't yet rich enough to fully isolate yourselves from them. The album is full of moments of claustrophobia and fear and the sense of living with explicit threats and there's no reason to believe that isn't from lived experience. I'm working on the assumption he wasn't actually on his way to attack anyone.

Also, I wonder how the police knew to search his vehicle?

Matt DC, Sunday, 24 June 2018 09:33 (four years ago) link

yeah that's what I'm wondering too

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 24 June 2018 09:36 (four years ago) link

i mean "driving while black" obv but i haven't read an official explanation

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 24 June 2018 09:37 (four years ago) link

my dickhead comment was mostly out of frustration (i love this guy) BUT great post, Matt, thanks.

Britain's Sexiest Cow (jed_), Sunday, 24 June 2018 10:07 (four years ago) link

five months pass...

fuck sake

||||||||, Friday, 14 December 2018 19:56 (four years ago) link

J Hus jailed for eight months for carrying knife

||||||||, Friday, 14 December 2018 19:57 (four years ago) link

bloody hell

Also, I wonder how the police knew to search his vehicle?

― Matt DC, Sunday, June 24, 2018 9:33 PM Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

They said they'd smelled some weed.

sbahnhof, Friday, 21 December 2018 06:46 (four years ago) link

three months pass...


He's back!

paolo, Sunday, 14 April 2019 19:59 (four years ago) link

six months pass...


super excited for whatever's next for him, Common Sense is still an album of the decade contender

ufo, Friday, 8 November 2019 00:31 (three years ago) link

this is a m a z i n g. the strings! the sax!!

Simon H., Friday, 8 November 2019 04:50 (three years ago) link

it's so lush i love it. i'm glad he's still working with jae5 they have an incredible creative partnership

ufo, Friday, 8 November 2019 07:09 (three years ago) link

They really do. Loving this one

paolo, Friday, 8 November 2019 15:28 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

Good to see this song nominated for the EOY, it’s great. And yes, Jae5 deserves equal billing.

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 18 December 2019 21:05 (three years ago) link


So it looks like the next album is going to be just as good as Common Sense

paolo, Friday, 27 December 2019 17:24 (three years ago) link

Great stuff, fantastic production, yet again (that bass! the trumpets!), and it’s not even by Jae5 - this is a TobiShyBoy joint.

breastcrawl, Friday, 27 December 2019 18:09 (three years ago) link

love this, he's continuing to be on another level

ufo, Friday, 27 December 2019 22:31 (three years ago) link

four weeks pass...


||||||||, Friday, 24 January 2020 08:50 (three years ago) link

Going to take some beating in 2020 this album.

Matt DC, Friday, 24 January 2020 09:29 (three years ago) link

oh wow, the album is out?!!

breastcrawl, Friday, 24 January 2020 09:35 (three years ago) link

features by Burna

breastcrawl, Friday, 24 January 2020 09:35 (three years ago) link

and Koffee

breastcrawl, Friday, 24 January 2020 09:36 (three years ago) link

...and iceé tgm (?)

breastcrawl, Friday, 24 January 2020 09:36 (three years ago) link

really enjoying this but it's a bit of a different vibe to common sense. there's less of the summery pop that made up a good portion of common sense and the beats are generally moodier and a little more low-key. really like the one with koffee and "must be" sounds even better in context of the album


this implies there's probably another track going to be added to the album, with ella mai?

ufo, Friday, 24 January 2020 09:54 (three years ago) link

This is terrific!

paolo, Friday, 24 January 2020 11:43 (three years ago) link

loving this, though it feels distinctly wrong to be listening in broad daylight

rob, Friday, 24 January 2020 14:23 (three years ago) link

whatever is going on with his voice on the chorus of "Triumph" is amazing

rob, Friday, 24 January 2020 14:30 (three years ago) link

Superb album. It sounds incredibly good. Lots of people on top of their game here.


when u hear the other tracks i did with her. KMT it’s looooooong ! https://t.co/M9stGiWj1y

— JAE5 (@JAE5_) January 24, 2020

breastcrawl, Saturday, 25 January 2020 21:39 (three years ago) link

they only respect violence, bad man move in silence

culture of mayordom (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 29 January 2020 21:38 (three years ago) link

I'm getting super into this. anyone read the pfork review? some really iffy lines in it...

rob, Wednesday, 29 January 2020 22:16 (three years ago) link

It’s also a prime example of a review that almost exclusively focuses on the lyrics (in a very uninteresting way at that) and barely acknowledges the music* and the production* (no mention of the features either).

*which are spectacularly good - reviewer, why not expand on this?

breastcrawl, Thursday, 30 January 2020 09:07 (three years ago) link

"must be" sounds even better in context of the album

Agreed, this applies to No Denying as well. There aren't as many stand out single tracks like Did You See but I think it works better as a whole than Common Sense

paolo, Thursday, 30 January 2020 09:46 (three years ago) link

two months pass...


New freestyle on an old dancehall riddim

paolo, Saturday, 4 April 2020 11:13 (three years ago) link

eight months pass...

no posts since april - mirrors my experience, I m/l forgot about this album in the interim as well, but we're reunited baby and IT FEELS SO GOOD. for one, as love duets with Ella Mai go, I might like "One and Only" even better than "Piece Of Me". this thing is going to end up really high on my ballot.

also, "Cucumber".

I def listened to it over the summer a few times, but given that I apparently forgot Ella Mai was even on it, I am obvs due for a revisit!

rob, Sunday, 3 January 2021 21:23 (two years ago) link

“triumph” is prob the most traditional rap song on here but it’s the one that speaks to me the mosf

shabbat bloody shabbat (voodoo chili), Sunday, 3 January 2021 21:30 (two years ago) link

huh for some reason that Ella Mai track isn't on my version of this

rob, Sunday, 3 January 2021 21:30 (two years ago) link

it's track 12 of 14 here.

but, per Wikipedia:

Notes: The album's tracklist was updated on 4 February 2020 to include the song "One and Only".

ah ok I was too eager I guess. Great song, glad they worked out whatever the issue was

rob, Sunday, 3 January 2021 21:40 (two years ago) link

iirc it was a delay with a sample clearance or something

i've been consistently listening to this all year and it's still just as good

ufo, Monday, 4 January 2021 00:15 (two years ago) link

two years pass...


new music at last, album seems to be titled don't say militancy

unfortunately jae5's said he's not involved with the album at all because he wanted hus to do something with more emotional depth but hus just wanted to make a party record this time

ufo, Friday, 26 May 2023 07:50 (one week ago) link

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