J Hus meets young artists from Bollo Brook project
“Just know your worth – you have to see it in yourself before anyone else can.”
On Thursday 6 December, rapper J Hus visited a Youth Music funded project at Bollo Brook Youth Centre in West London. The artist offered to listen to the young musicians’ tracks and gave advice on how to build a career in today’s music industry.
Sat in a studio in West London’s Bollo Brook Youth Centre was a group of young local artists, joined by Brit Award-nominated rapper, J Hus. Bollo Brook is one of around 350 organisations funded by Youth Music nationwide, and the artists are regular visitors to the centre, attending high-quality recording studio sessions.
They weren’t expecting a certified platinum artist to be sitting in on their session that day. But there he was, J Hus: an artist only a few years older than them and from a similar background, patiently listening to tracks the young artists are particularly proud of.
Rapper Strelz O (20) and producer Blackstar (18) were some of the many young artists who were given the opportunity to play their music to J Hus; who encouraged them to continue in their path of music, giving useful advice and enthuastically bopping along to the music. “You’ve got mad freestyle skills man,” encouraged Hus to 18-year-old rapper AK amongst others.
What followed was a full-blown Q&A session with the young artists jumping at the once in a lifetime opportunity to ask one of their role models for advice. Hus offered his sage knowledge on everything from YouTube visuals and record label contracts to managing your brand.
The main theme in the unveiling of Hus’ wisdom: “Just be yourself. Don’t do this thing unless you have confidence in yourself. And don’t listen to the doubts that other people are gonna try and put inside your head. You gotta know you’re great.”
Before leaving the centre, Hus generously took the time to take photos, Snapchat stories, and sign T-shirts for everyone in the room.
On how it felt to have J Hus visit the recording studio, Blackstar answered with a smile: “It was amazing. To see someone you listen to physically in the room. Talking to him – asking questions. Seeing how the music industry works and how you can get there. It’s inspiring!