ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS - ALEX MORAN (EP) 4TH DECEMBER, 2015 - ‘THIAGO SILVA’ FEAT. DAVE (SINGLE) 13TH MAY, 2016 - ‘LEAVE ME ALONE’ (SINGLE) 8TH JULY, 2016 West London’s AJ Tracey is arguably the brightest MC talent to emerge from the UK’s buzzing grime underground over the past 12 months. Kaleidoscopic wordplay and crystal-clear vocal delivery subtly reference the heritage of his scene whilst sounding like absolutely nobody else. Where AJ really comes into his own is his versatility - nailing everything from rowdy club bangers and bumping sweetboy jams to the grittiest road anthems with peerless proficiency. “AJ Tracey has killed it this year” – FACT Magazine “A confident artist trying whatever he fancies, and more often than not, nailing it” – NME “AJ is dropping spirit bomb after spirit bomb” – i-D “One of the biggest rising stars in grime” – sb.tv "A serious lyricist with remarkable clarity on mic and a relentless appetite to spray” – The Quietus "AJ’s ability on the mic marks him out as a potential linchpin of the current grime landscape” – Dummy “He could spit his shopping list and I’d be bussing gunfingers in the rave” – Noisey “AJ’s just being unfair” – The Fader 2015 was a breakthrough year for AJ. From summer EP The Front, an early appearance on 1Xtra’s Next Generation Live, a FACT TV freestyle and regular radio appearances, it quickly became impossible to avoid his name. Excitement grew fast through the autumn: singles Spirit Bomb and Naila clocking over 150k plays on Soundcloud and YouTube, with heavy rotation on Rinse, Beats1 and across the BBC network. AJ’s year wrapped with the much-anticipated release of Alex Moran EP, picked as NME’s Stream of the Week and featured prominently in end-of-year lists. The first half of 2016 has seen things move up several gears for grime’s heir apparent. His first Fire In The Booth, a Tim Westwood Crib Session and headline features for P Money, Last Japan and Coco paved the way for Thiago Silva, a showstopping single with rising London rapper Dave - premiered by Mistajam, playlisted on 1Xtra & Rinse and soon to hit a million views on YouTube. AJ's live show has already hit Lisbon, Amsterdam, Dublin, Paris and Copenhagen - Summer 2016 sees him take on the festival circuit for the first time, with appearances at Rinse | Born & Bred, Bestival, Appelsap, Outlook, Roskilde, Simple Things and more.