Saturday 24 August 2019

J Hus performs on stage with Drake after jail term for carrying a knife

The rapper was given a four-month sentence in December for having a knife outside a major London shopping centre.

J Hus made a surprise appearance on stage at the O2 with Canadian star Drake (Ian West/PA)
J Hus made a surprise appearance on stage at the O2 with Canadian star Drake (Ian West/PA)

By Sherna Noah, Press Association Senior Entertainment Correspondent

Rapper J Hus made a surprise appearance when Drake introduced him on stage four months after being jailed for carrying a knife.

The music star was jailed in December for having a knife outside a major London shopping centre.

Canadian rapper Drake brought him out to fans at the O2 in London on Friday night.

“Anybody sitting down right now, I need you to stand up, because (we’re) about to celebrate one of our brothers tonight,” Drake said.

Surprising fans who did not know he had been released from prison, J Hus walked out on stage, which featured the words Welcome Home, and told the crowd: “I’ve missed you so much.”

Drake told J Hus: “I’ve been waiting for this all week. I wanna give you this stage so you can do exactly what you’ve been waiting to do.”

J Hus – real name Momodou Jallow – had apologised in court and said he regretted his “foolish actions” – carrying the 4in (10cm) blade near Westfield, in Stratford, east London, in June.

In a letter read to the court by his barrister, the rapper said: “My decision to carry a weapon was careless, ill-advised and utterly stupid.

“Being a public figure that many look up to, I simply should have known better.”

The rapper won best song at the Mobo awards in 2017.

He had been sitting in his Audi with a female at the wheel and another passenger outside Westfield when they were stopped by police.

Prosecutor Helen Owen said there was a smell of cannabis from the vehicle and, when asked by an officer if he had anything on him, the star said he had a knife in his pocket.

Asked during the incident why he was carrying what was described in court as a folding knife, he replied: “You know, it’s Westfield.”

The court heard that J Hus’s friend had been knifed and paralysed just days earlier and that the rapper, who was himself stabbed in 2015, feared he would be the victim of another attack.

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