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Get to Know: AJ From the Lane

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Linkin Park, Nas, and Immortal Technique shaped Ché as an artist

2017 has seen Ché Wolton Grant (a.k.a. AJ Tracey) increase in popularity thanks to several singles and freestyles in 2015 & 2016. After dropping out of a Criminology degree at London Metropolitan University, you could catch his freestyles on Mode, Déjà vu and the starting up “Radar”. His rise to fame began with the singles “Spirit Bomb” and “Naila” in 2015, the latter being produced by Zeph Ellis (previously known as Dot Rotten). The instrumental was also famously used by UK Grime MC Kano, on his single club-banger anthem “GarageSkankFREESTYLE”. The theme of the two songs are wildly different however, Ché opting for a grittier flow. Naila has attained over a million views after its release well over 2 years ago.

He next featured on two radio stations to perform freestyles. The first being his “Packages” freestyle on LinkUpTV which quickly became his second most popular song/video with over 8 million views. It included a flow known as “Missing the drop” or “I bet you thought I was gonna say” flow created by artist Merky ACE. The idea is to lead the listener on to believe he’ll rhyme with a certain predictable word and then surprises them by choosing something else. The other freestyle being a freestyle for BBC Radio 1 Presenter Charlie Sloth on his show “Fire in the Booth”.

As well as dropping songs such as: “Spirit Bomb”, “Leave Me Alone”, his collaboration with South London MC Dave on the song “Thiago Silva”, featuring back-to-back, aggressive bars over a classic “Ruff Sqwad” beat. The song even managed to catch the attention of US star Drake and even giving him a shout out on Beats 1.

Ché has also done two collaborations with US Artist Denzel Curry, “Knotty Head (Remix)” which included a new verse from Denzel and a number of shout-outs in Tracey’s verse including Dave, Reekz MB and even Uncle Phil from the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. “Alakazam (ft. Denzel Curry & Jme)” releases tomorrow in his EP “Secure the Bag!”

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The mixtape involves features from the 2000’s star Craig David, drill-gang “67” and grime legend Jme from Boy Better Know. Producers included are Nyge, who is renown for his production in Section Boyz “Lock Arff” as well as a number of AJ Tracey songs; KeanuBeats, who produced “What the Price” by Migos and Sir Spyro. “Secure the Bag!” is set to be released tomorrow.

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