About AJ Tracey
The 24-year-old AJ Tracey is part of a cohort of musicians known for leading and defining grime’s contemporary sound, though in the last year, he’s more than proved his creativity outside the genre. Whether it’s the vibrant rhythm of dancehall inflected Butterflies, he moves effortlessly between scenes and sounds whilst staying true to his roots. AJ’s refusal to be pigeonholed is an authentic stance for someone who grew up in a melting pot of different sounds. The son of a Trinidadian rapper father and a Welsh pirate radio DJ mother, growing up he’d hear everything from NWA to drum and bass. As a teenager in the early 2000s he fell in love with London’s burgeoning grime scene, listening to Skepta and Dizzee Rascal on repeat.
Late nights and long hours paid off. In 2016 AJ was invited to do a set on BBC 1Xtra’s seminal Fire in the Booth series; it’s now on over 5 million views. A raw and thrilling performance, AJ Tracey proves himself as a fierce MC, spitting with razor sharp speed and precision. Two months later he went viral with the release of Ruff Sqwad sampling, Thiago Silva with fellow MC Dave. The following year, he released 8-track EP Secure the Bag, which charted at number 13, cementing AJ’s status as one of the UK’s most exciting MCs, a talent who can take the essence and excitement of grime, evolving and amplifying it to bigger audiences while continually representing his community.