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AJ Tracey: 6 essential west London tracks and freestyles

West London MC AJ Tracey had a storming 2015. The Ladbroke Grove resident first started honing his chops on Enfield station Mode FM, before becoming a regular fixture on Radar, Rinse and 1Xtra alongside a heap of up and coming MCs, including fellow locals and MTP members Big Zuu and Jay Amo. You can hear his recent Rinse show with Faze Miyake here.

Having put in serious work on radio, AJ showed increasing promise when he released his first EP The Front last year, and took things to the next level with his Alex Moran EP in December, that featured breakout singles like trap anthem ‘Spirit Bomb’, and his version of Zeph Ellis’ (Dot Rotten) beloved ‘Acid Bomb’ instrumental, ‘Naila’.

Whilst we had Hyponik Breakout Act of the Year Jammz take us through some of his favourite tracks and sets from the eastside last year, we thought we’d call on AJ to take us on an essential tour of west London, past and present. UK rap and grime are both well catered for in a list that features a fierce F64 from Frostar, Ratlin Corleone’s classic remix of Mavado, South Kilburn’s finest C Biz, and a now legendary freestyle from Ice Kid, who at the time was west London grime’s biggest prospect. Let AJ guide you below…

1. C Biz – The Game’s Mine 

This tune’s a west/north west anthem at the moment, C Biz has been the coldest for a hot sec but he really went in on this new one.

2. Ice Kid & Chipmunk Westwood freestyle

Ice Kid’s legendary set as a youth showering down on mic. Ice used to be my older in Holland Park School, and I remember bragging to everyone in lesson about how cold he was after this lol (no pun intended).

3. Ratlin – Messiah

One of the first tunes and artists to hit a mill from west, repping strong and properly flowing over a dancehall banger.

4. Frostar – SBTV

Classic! Used to spray this bar for bar walking home from school after a two hour detention lol. Frostar’s cold.

5. Stimpy & Scruface – Nutty Violinz

Had to include this instro, proper memorable for all grime kids growing up, a go to instrumental produced by Scrufizzer and Stimpy.

6. Nocturnal and crew Westwood freestyle (Skits)

My G Skits killed this, I remember everyone at the block was gassed when this first dropped. Crazy lyricism.

Featured image: Blaow

Alex Moran is out now. AJ Tracey plays Outlook Festival 31 Aug – 4 Sep and the Outlook Festival launch party at fabric, 11 March.