Common Sense (J Hus album)

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Common Sense
Common Sense – J Hus.jpg
Studio album by J Hus
Released 12 May 2017
Recorded 2014–2016
Genre
Length 55:49
Label Black Butter
Producer
J Hus chronology
The 15th Day
(2015)
Common Sense
(2017)
Singles from Common Sense
  1. "Did You See"
    Released: 2 March 2017
  2. "Common Sense"
    Released: 4 May 2017
  3. "Spirit"
    Released: 30 July 2017
  4. "Bouff Daddy"
    Released: 16 November 2017

Common Sense is the debut studio album by British recording artist J Hus. It was released on 12 May 2017 by Black Butter Records, distributed by Sony Music, for digital download and CD purchase.[3] The album features production from long-time collaborator Jae5,[4] along with guest appearances from Mo Stack, MIST, Tiggs da Author and Burna Boy. The lead single, "Did You See", peaked at number nine on the UK Singles Chart, becoming J Hus' highest-charting single.

Background[edit]

Throughout 2015 and 2016, J Hus released a variety of singles, including "Lean & Bop", "Friendly" and "Playing Sports", along with the debut mixtape The 15th Day (2015), subsequently building a strong online presence.

In early April 2017, J Hus announced the track listing and release date for his debut album, Common Sense.[5][6][7]

Singles[edit]

The promotional single "Friendly" was released for digital download on 1 January 2016 after initially being premiered on SoundCloud.[8]

The lead single "Did You See" was released on 2 March 2017, along with its music video. The song peaked at number 9 so far on the UK Singles Chart, becoming J Hus' first chart entry and highest-charting song.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?7.8/10[9]
Metacritic85/100[10]
Review scores
SourceRating
Clash Magazine9/10[11]
Crack Magazine8/10[12]
Financial Times4/5 stars[2]
Evening Standard4/5 stars[13]
Pitchfork7.8/10[14]
The Guardian4/5 stars[1]

Upon release, Common Sense received widespread acclaim from critics. Katy Hutchinson of The Guardian praised Hus' blend of musical genres: "J Hus leads a wave of MCs who blend the genre’s hard-hitting, distinctly UK flow with bashment and Afrobeat. Hus show that mix’s true breadth, from playful braggadocio about partying, chasing girls and being, as one song title has it, the "Bouf Daddy", to introspective moments such as Spirit, on which loopy synths and polyrhythmic brilliance meet Hus's weary-sounding motivational speaker. The sound of the summer? You know it makes sense."[1] Will Pritchard of Clash Magazine stated: "This sound now has an album to pin to the mast. It’ll soundtrack this summer, but don’t be fooled into thinking that its time will be up by September. It’s just common sense."[11] Ludovic Hunter-Tilney of Financial Times commented: "The music is a rich blend of styles, in which hip-hop, R&B, dance hall and Afrobeats suggest not only Hus’s versatility but also a world of expanding horizons."[2]

Paul A. Thompson of Pitchfork commented: "The shifting musical styles underscore Hus’ own versatility; he flits from a lilting sing-song to something more gruff and guttural easily and without hesitation", concluding Common Sense is "an excellent debut from an artist on the cusp."[14]

Accolades[edit]

Common Sense was acknowledged in numerous year-end lists in 2017, particularly by international publishers.

Publication Accolade Rank Ref.
Crack Magazine The Top 100 Albums of 2017
17
Complex Complex UK's Best Albums of 2017
1
Fact The 50 Best Albums of 2017
7
NME NME's Albums of the Year 2017
6
Pigeons and Planes Best Albums of 2017
16
The Guardian The Best Albums of 2017
14

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Common Sense"
  • Momodou Jallow
  • Nana Ntorinkansah
  • Jonathan Mensah
  • Stephen Asamoah
  • David Ohene-Akrasi
  • Charles Mensah-Bonsu
  • Jae5
  • The Compozers
3:44
2."Bouff Daddy"
  • Jallow
  • Mensah
Jae53:25
3."Clartin"
  • Jallow
  • Mensah
Jae53:14
4."Leave Me"
  • Jallow
  • Mensah
  • Ayodele Oyadare
  • Jae5
  • IO
3:23
5."Closed Doors"
  • Jallow
  • Mensah
Jae53:49
6."Did You See"
  • Jallow
  • Mensah
Jae53:01
7."Like Your Style"
  • Jallow
  • Mensah
Jae52:56
8."Plottin"
  • Jallow
  • Mensah
Jae52:31
9."Sweet Cheeks"
  • Jallow
  • Mensah
  • Oyadare
  • Jae5
  • IO
3:01
10."Fisherman" (featuring MoStack and MIST)
2:57
11."Good Time" (featuring Burna Boy)
Jae53:05
12."Spirit"
  • Jallow
  • Mensah
  • Ikeoluwa Oluwatobi Oladigbolu
  • Oyadare
  • Jae5
  • TSB
  • IO
3:34
13."Mash Up" (featuring MoStack)
  • Jallow
  • Mensah
  • Daley
Jae53:38
14."Goodies"
  • Jallow
  • Mensah
Jae52:52
15."Good Luck Chale" (featuring Tiggs Da Author)
  • Jallow
  • Mensah
  • Ellis Taylor
  • Adam Simon
  • Jae5
  • Show N Prove
3:12
16."Who You Are"
  • Jallow
  • Mensah
Jae53:32
17."Friendly"
  • Jallow
  • Mensah
Jae53:55
Total length:55:49

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[21] 64
Scottish Albums (OCC)[22] 52
UK Albums (OCC)[23] 6

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Position
UK Albums (OCC)[24] 47

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[25] Gold 100,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Various 12 May 2017 Black Butter

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hutchinson, Katy (11 May 2017). "J Hus: Common Sense review – unashamed grooves from east London rapper". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Hunter-Tilney, Ludovic (12 May 2017). "J Hus: Common Sense — 'going straight'". Financial Times. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  3. ^ "iTunes – Common Sense by J Hus". iTunes. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Meet Jae5, The East London Genre Blender Behind J Hus's Out Of This World Afrobeats Sound". The Fader. 26 April 2017. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  5. ^ "J Hus Announced Details Of His Debut Album, Common Sense". The Fader. 3 April 2017. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  6. ^ "No One Is Like J Hus". Noisey. 12 May 2017. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  7. ^ "J Hus announces debut album Common Sense". FACT Magazine. 4 April 2017. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  8. ^ "Hold the Phone! J Hus Just Dropped a Surprise New Track Called "Friendly"". Noisey. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  9. ^ "Common Sense by J Hus reviews". AnyDecentMusic. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  10. ^ "Reviews and Tracks for Common Sense by J Hus". Metacritic. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  11. ^ a b Pritchard, Will (11 May 2017). "J Hus – Common Sense". Clash Magazine. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  12. ^ Martin, Felicity (12 May 2017). "J Hus – 'Common Sense' review: A set of soon-to-be classics". Crack Magazine. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  13. ^ Smyth, David (12 May 2017). "J Hus – Common Sense review: 'Remarkably broadminded debut album'". Evening Standard. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  14. ^ a b Thompson, Paul A. (19 May 2017). "J Hus: Common Sense Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  15. ^ "The 50 Best Albums of 2017". Crack Magazine. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  16. ^ "Complex UK's Best Albums of 2017". Complex. 21 December 2017. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  17. ^ "The 50 Best Albums of 2017". Fact. 21 December 2017. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  18. ^ "NME's Albums of The Year 2017". NME. 20 December 2017. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  19. ^ "Best Albums of 2017". Pigeons and Planes. 21 December 2017. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  20. ^ "The best albums of 2017: the full list". The Guardian. 5 December 2017. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  21. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – J Hus – Common Sense" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  22. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  23. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  24. ^ "End of Year Album Chart Top 100 – 2017". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  25. ^ "British album certifications – J Hus – Common Sense". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 27 October 2017. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Common Sense in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.