Husalah is one of the most underrated rappers of the 21st century. In his native Bay Area, though, he's been acknowledged as a legend; as a member of the Mob Figaz, and in his mid-aughts solo work, Hus pioneered a freewheeling mob style, just as likely to be heard philosophizing about spirituality as he is recounting stories of being a fugitive from the law. His career was stalled by a five-year stint in federal prison on drug charges, and, following his release in 2009, he maintained a low profile, popping up for the occasional show but rarely releasing music.
Last year, he returned with two new singles, "M.O.B." and the Sade-sampling "Protect Your Soul," the video for which is premiering on The FADER today. Along with the new video, Husalah is announcing the release of a new album, entitled H, on April 6. "Me releasing this music and and short film is an altruistic act In the name of protocol and obligation; long live the underworld," Husalah told The FADER over email. "This is only a dark and informative tale of urban manifesto and love of self preservation, no more unordinary than guerrilla warfare, necessary and true as the American fabric of life.”
Watch the video for "Protect Your Soul" above and see the cover artwork for H below.