AJ Tracey says the grime scene is “not what it used to be”

AJ Tracey has opened up about grime in a new interview.

Speaking to The Guardian, rapper Tracey said he’s unlikely to ever return to the genre unless he was asked to do so by grime veterans such as P Money or D Double E.

Reflecting on his grime roots, Tracey said: “It was a long time ago,” before adding: “Grime is not really lit any more. It’s not what it used to be, and it’s their fault because [people in the grime scene] don’t like change.

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“I was in there, I was open to change, I changed and I’m doing well. They did not want to change and it’s just crabs in a barrel.

“They don’t want to see anyone do better than themselves; it’s a horrible culture and I really don’t like it. I will not be making any more grime music…unless P Money or D Double E asked me to.”

AJ Tracey's 'Little More Love' video
Still from AJ Tracey’s ‘Little More Love’ video

Yesterday (April 16), Tracey shared a new music video for his new track ‘Little More Love’, with the clip honouring the late DMX.

The video picks up where the visuals for previous single ‘Anxious’ left off, opening with a dark city skyline. Tracey then pulls up outside and walks through a nightclub soaked in neon blue light – similar to the opening scenes of 1998 film Belly, which DMX starred in alongside Nas.

The video, co-directed by Tracey himself and KC Locke, also ends with a more explicit tribute to X, with the closing title reading: “In loving memory of DMX, thank you for everything”.

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‘Little More Love’ is taken from Tracey’s new album ‘Flu Game’, which arrived yesterday (April 16).

The 16-track album features collaborations with T-Pain, Kehlani, MoStack, Mabel and more, and follows up the West London rapper’s 2019 self-titled debut LP along with last year’s ‘Secure the Bag! 2’ EP.

In a four-star review of ‘Flu Game’, NME said the album “cements AJ Tracey as a commercially successful rapper still discovering new ways to craft hooks and clever wordplay.”

“…AJ has here crafted another successful project whose streaming numbers, singles and infectious melodies will live on in memory.”

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Ghetts announces ‘Conflict Of Interest’ livestream show

Ghetts has announced an upcoming livestream show that will see him perform his new album ‘Conflict Of Interest’ in “stride cinematic fashion”.

Set to take place on Sunday (April 11) at 8pm, Conflict Of Interest, Live In London will be broadcast live from Magazine in Greenwich.

Directed by Charlie Sarsfield (Stormzy, Avelino, Sam Fender) with additional live animation from Ruff Mercy, the virtual gig will give fans their first live taste of Ghetts’ critically acclaimed third studio album.

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“Levels are being set this Sunday 11th April at 8pm (pun intended),” the rapper wrote on Twitter. “Come and bear witness… And imagine what it’s like when you’re able to be here with us. Conflict of Interest is being performed in stride cinematic fashion, directed by @charlie_______s.”

The livestream performance will be available to view globally for free via Ghetts’ YouTube channel – watch it here.

Conflict Of Interest, Live In London acts as a precursor to Ghetts’ forthcoming UK and Ireland tour, which kicks off on November 13 in Dublin – see the full list of dates below.

NOVEMBER, 2021

Saturday 13 – Academy, Dublin
Sunday 14 – Albert Hall, Manchester
Wednesday 17 – O2 Institute, Birmingham
Thursday 18 – SWX, Bristol
Saturday 20 – Roundhouse, London

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‘Conflict Of Interest’ reached Number Two in the UK albums chart in February following a well publicised campaign against Mogwai, who eventually landed their first Number One.

In a five-star review of the album, NME‘s Kyann-Sian Williams wrote: “The rapper’s third studio record and first on a major label, showcasing his growth over nearly two decades in the game, proves lyricism is in rude health.

“It’s a rare achievement to make an album as thoughtful and transparent as this; you need real lyrical talent to do so. Therefore – despite the little snub at poor old NME – ‘Conflict Of Interest’ could sit on the same shelf as Dave’s ‘Psychodrama’ as an album that depicts honest tales of London through the art of true lyricism, a tradition that will never die out.”

Meanwhile, Ghetts has spoken about collaborating with Ed Sheeran on his new album, revealing the pop star went out of his way to find a studio while he was in Japan.

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