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2 December 2019, 17:38 | Updated: 2 December 2019, 17:41
Here’s everything we know about the London-born rapper, AJ Tracey.
AJ Tracey has been climbing the success ladder over the years thanks to hits like ‘Ladbroke Grove’ with Jorja Smith, which rapidly charted and fast become a fan favourite.
The rapper recently sold out two nights in Alexandra Palace and is one of the first to ever do so - we stan!
He will perform at Capital’s Jingle Bell Ball on 8 December at the O2 arena in London, and ahead of the event we’re here to dish all we know about the talented artist.
Born Ché Wolton Grant, AJ Tracey is a rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer from London.
Born and raised in Ladbroke Grove (hence the dedication in the same-titled track), his Welsh-born mum is an ex-drum and bass DJ and his dad was a Trinidad-born rapper.
Also, his cousin Big Zuu is a grime MC, so it's no surprise he fell into music.
He studied Criminology at London Metropolitan University, but left to pursue his music career, which we can safely say has paid off!
Upon picking his stage name, he revealed ‘AJ’ was because he used to wear a lot of Armani clothing, while the ‘Tracey’ has a story behind it, to do with a man named Stacey he knew in his hometown.
He said to Time Out in 2017: “Everyone used to be/is scared of him so I thought, if a man has a girl’s name and he’s still scaring people, then maybe I should try doing it so I can be THAT guy.”
As a close friend of Canadian rapper, Drake, AJ has also modelled for his OVO clothing line.
AJ is 25 and was born on 4 March 1994.
He is 6 feet 2 inches tall.
His first studio album is self-titled and included features from the likes of Not3s on ‘Butterflies’, as well as ‘Nothing But Net’ with Giggs.
Although it was released in February this year, he has also dropped bangers on previous EPs such as 2017’s ‘Secure The Bag’ and 2016’s ‘Lil Tracey’.
Known for his popular singles, AJ Tracey has collaborated with rappers such as Dave on ‘Thiago Silva’, which is famously performed by both of them on their sets.
He also dropped ‘Floss’ recently with Not3s and MoStack – an iconic trio!
We cannot wait to have AJ perform live and direct at the JBB ball!