BEAUTIFUL AND BRUTAL YARD
by J HUS
The third album from British rapper J Hus is a sprawling, hour-long affair that blends elements of Afrobeats, dancehall, drill, hip-hop and electronica. With features from Burna Boy, Jorja Smith, Popcaan and Naira Marley, Beautiful and Brutal Yard is a star-studded affair that underlines the east London artist's swelling international reputation. Trailed by his Drake collaboration Who Told You, a true song of the summer that peaked at Number 2 on the Official Singles Chart, it stormed straight to the top when it dropped in July 2013. In the process, it became the second UK Number 1 album for J Hus – real name Momodou Jallow – following 2020's Big Conspiracy. The album was shortlisted in the 2023 Mercury Prize.