Before continuing with this blog, do one thing for me. Process the essence of Grime. What is Grime about? What subjects define Grime, if any at all?
I’m sure many of you will have come to the conclusion that Grime is often times about the struggles of London youth culture and gang crime, however, rising star AJ Tracey proves that this doesn’t have to be the case.
With his 2016 release ‘Lil Tracey’, West Londoner AJ serves us up an exhilarating concoction of simplistic but catchy grime beats laced with crude and cheeky connotations, fun, energy and even a massive middle finger to those who simply didn’t believe he could escape the possessive London streets.
He even surprises us with catchy hooks like the one in “Pasta” which seems to embed itself into your brain from the very first listen but despite taking the genre down his own unique route, AJ is, in my opinion, extremely understated in the grime community. However, with the recent release of his breathtaking EP “Secure the Bag!”, his future is bound to be fruitful.
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