Versatility seems like a strange word to associate with your average rapper, but AJ Tracey is not your average rapper. Since dropping his debut self-titled album back in 2019 , he’s defined himself as an artist without limits. He’s made rap tunes, yeah, but also UK garage, drill, emotive hip-hop, club bangers and even his own hybrid of country music featuring guitars, strings and 808s (see “Country Star”). Add to that his collaborations with T-Pain, Kehlani, Skepta, Mabel, Headie One, Stormzy, Aitch and Not3s to name a few. Now with album number two under his belt (FLU GAME reached #2 in the UK charts in April) and the FLU GAME arena tour planned this winter, there’s no predicting where this imaginative West Londoner will go next.
“I used to listen to a lot of UK garage,” he said in an interview with New Era, in which he tried to explain the mass of genres that inspire his sound. “My mum used to play jungle in the house. And I was obviously heavy on rap… I had so many different influences. That's why my sound is kind of all over the place. I kind of hop between genres, because this is how I was brought up. For me it's really boring to just stick in one genre, man. It just doesn't make sense to me. If you're an artist and you're creative, you want to create, so putting yourself in a box is not creative, is it?”
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