RAPPER J Hus has made a surprise appearance on stage alongside Drake at the O2, four months after being jailed for carrying a 4in blade.
The Mobo award winner was caged in December for possession of a knife outside a major London shopping centre.
Canadian superstar rapper Drake announced the singer’s presence to fans watching Friday’s show – part of his Assassination Vacation Tour – at the O2 Arena.
Drake said: “Anybody sitting down right now, I need you to stand up, because (we’re) about to celebrate one of our brothers tonight,” according to the Press Association.
J Hus, 23, walked out on stage, which featured the words Welcome Home, and told the crowd: “I’ve missed you so much.”
The rapper surprised fans, who were unaware he’d been released from prison.
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” of carrying the 4in (10cm) blade near Westfield, in Stratford, east London, last June.
The rapper said in a letter read to the court by his barrister: “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.”
Jallow, who has six convictions for ten offences, was told by Judge Sheelagh Canavan: “You are a role model to many, yet you have failed to leave your past behind you.
“This is the fourth occasion when you have gone out armed in public with a knife.”
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.
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Asked during the incident why he was carrying what was described in court as a folding knife, he replied: “You know, it’s Westfield.”
Snaresbrook Crown 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.
He had initially pleaded not guilty to possession of a blade in a public place, but changed his plea at a further hearing in October.
Jallow, who won best song at the Mobo awards in 2017, was sentenced to eight months’ prison and banned for three years from the London borough of Newham.