AJ Tracey


  • Friday 16 01:40 - 02:10

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Lyrical genius

Some artists are especially gifted when expressing themselves on the microphone. AJ Tracey falls into this category and has already become, in just a short period of time, one of the key names in today's burgeoning grime scene. Tracey -who forms part of the MTM collective alongside other young MCs like Big Zuu, Jay Amo, PK, Saint and Lyrical Strally- needed just two EPs, "The Front" and "Alex Moran", to jump straight in to the genre's premier league. He recently collaborated on a track for the new Clams Casino's album (sharing the mic with none other than A$AP Rocky) and has worked with legendary garage producer MJ Cole. In December, his most recent EP "Lil Tracey", managed to surpass in quality even his previous two releases.

The London MC is a passionate footballer: entitling one of his tracks "Thiago Silva", after the Paris St Germain player, with other tracks name checking London football clubs including Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea. All of which demonstrates his confidence and natural talent in building stories on top of a stripped back, perfectly formed grime sound. Tracks like "Pasta" and "Buster Cannon" (and their corresponding videos) showcase his skill and charisma, bringing new ideas and a freshness to a scene that he often considers too nostalgic and stuck in the past.