AJ Tracey’s new album ‘Secure The Bag! 2’ follows on from the 2017 mixtape ‘Secure The Bag!’
In his new album, AJ takes his lyrical flare and tone back to the early day’s in his music career. This comes after the artist was criticised by fans for becoming ‘too mainstream’. However, AJ claims that in this new album, your getting the ‘OG’ AJ, as he tweeted to his fans:
you wanted old aj you got it don’t say i don’t do anything nice for you lot
STB!2 out now
— aj (@ajtracey) November 27, 2020
The EP’s nine tracks see AJ talk about fashion flexes and anime references. In the opening song “Yumeko”, the artist declares himself the “prince of the new school era”.
The album is a mixture of older unreleased tracks and fresh sounds, which feature British Grammy-nominated artist SlowThai in the song ‘Graveyard Shift’.
The album cover and the names of some of the songs, are reference to Japanese culture. Track ‘Hikikomori’ fuses lo-fi production with a certified grime flow. Not only that, the name ‘Hikikomori’ is a reference to the Japanese phenomenon, in which the younger generation of japan withdraw themselves from society.
In the song, AJ compares himself to the Japanese phenomenon with the lyrics: “I’ll leave the crib if i have to but i’m tryna get back home, outsides not cool”, which is kind of fitting for 2020, right?
Although AJ Tracey’s music has changed throughout the years, it is safe to say that the new album represents the old sound of AJ Tracey, which many ‘day-one’ fans will be happy to hear.
‘Secure The Bag! 2’ can be streamed now on all music platforms.
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