Review: AJ Tracey Solidifies His Position With Highly Awaited Sophomore Album ‘Flu Game’
16 Apr 2021
Stepping out with his highly anticipated album entitled ‘Flu Game’ is Ladbroke Grove’s very own AJ Tracey. Comfortably layered between an assortment of sounds that are fit for any given mood or setting – especially those not-so distant summer days out with your friends – AJ laces his reputable pen game, hard-hitting flows and undisputed confidence throughout, creating a wheel-up worthy and versatile body of work that is set to knock your socks off. Taking heavy influence from Michael Jordan and his Chicago Bulls team back in the late 90s, AJ references a memorable – now historic – moment where Michael Jordan was able to push through food poisoning and still win the game, despite the challenges that came with it; an ode to AJ Tracey always being able to push through despite what others might have to say about his career.
Spread across sixteen tracks with a selection of boast-worthy appearances from the likes of NAV, Kehlani, MoStack, T-Pain, Millie Go Lightly, Sahbabii and Mabel; each adding their own distinct sauce to the mix, we navigate ourselves through the world of one of the UK’s championed hit-makers. In becoming a household name for many up and down the nation; from as early as his “Packages” freestyle to “Ladbroke Grove” and his more recent chart-topper “Rain” alongside fellow hit-maker Aitch, AJ Tracey has become a force to be reckoned with.
Kick starting the album with “Anxious”, this self-assured and head-bopping track sets the tone for what is yet to arrive. Posing as one of the first pre-released tracks, the London native boasts his dynamic flows throughout before we seamlessly travel into the trippy sounds of “Kukoč” alongside US hit-maker NAV.
AJ Tracey is no stranger to versatility and stepping outside the box, in fact it is almost impossible to box him into one sound, and this album only solidifies it further. From the gritty sounds of “Bringing It Back” alongside Digga D, the Trap-esc ambience of “Cherry Blossom” to the summer-infused bops “Little More Love” and “Summertime Shootout” with the king of auto-tune T-Pain – there is no stopping him! Positioning itself as the stand-out track, “Summertime Shootout” is everything you’d want in an AJ Tracey x T-Pain collaboration!
Closing out the album with the sweet sounds of “Coupé” alongside Kehlani that I’m sure we will see plastered all over Snapchat and Instagram in the next coming weeks, we then transition into the wavey joint “Numba 9” with Sahbabii and Millie Golightly – it’s safe to say ‘Flu Game’ has a wheel-up worthy quality that instantly leaves you wanting more.