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British rapper J Hus made a surprise appearance on stage with Drake at the O2 Arena – just four months after being jailed for carrying a knife.
Surprising fans who did not know he had been released from prison, J Hus walked out on to London’s O2 Arena stage, which featured the words Welcome Home, and told the crowd: “I’ve missed you so much.”
Canadian rapper Drake is known for his love of British culture and is a huge fan of the UK Grime scene. He used his show on Friday night (5 April) to welcome his friend back to performing after serving four months of an eight month sentence for carrying a knife in a public place.
Drake told the unsuspecting audience: “Anybody sitting down right now, I need you to stand up, because we’re about to celebrate one of our brothers tonight.”
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Addressing J Hus, Drake continued: “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.”
— BBC Radio 1Xtra (@1Xtra) April 5, 2019
J Hus, real name Momodou Jallow, apologised in court and said he regretted his “foolish actions” which lead to his arrest for carrying the 4in blade near Westfield, in Stratford, east London, in June.
J Hus took to social media to express his delight, tweeting: “Last night was mad. Beh love to all my fans, friends and family. Been seeing all the support while I was away. Trust me I appreciate you all.”
Last night was mad. Beh love to all my fans, friends and family. Been seeing all the support while I was away. Trust me I appreciate you all. 🖤
The Farda is back 🇬🇧 pic.twitter.com/eixyOHqUMo
— J HUS (@Jhus) April 6, 2019
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 court were told a friend of the rapper had been knifed and paralysed just days before he was arrested. They were also told J Hus was himself stabbed in 2015, and feared he would be the victim of another attack.