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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the British rapper features guest appearances from Jay Critch, Giggs, and Not3s.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
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  1. Mar 14, 2019
    90
    Ultimately, that’s what it all comes down to: not necessarily violence, but feeling. That feeling when a tune hits you right in the chest, connects to you in a visceral way, spreading bubbles across your skin like spilt champagne. That feeling, so brilliantly conveyed by AJ Tracey on this album, of no longer just surviving but actually living.
  2. Feb 7, 2019
    90
    With his debut album he firmly establishes himself as one of the leading lights in UK rap (if there were any doubts), and in a year where some of the scene’s heavyweights are also dropping albums, it won’t be a surprise if AJ’s project is rated as among the best of them by the end of 2019.
  3. 85
    With this record, he’s laid to down a marker, not just for 2019, but for the future of UK rap. It’s hard to think of a debut so confident in every musical aspect since J Hus’ Common Sense. Advice: consume daily for effective mood enhancement.
  4. 80
    With the help of stellar producers like Cadenza (Kiko Bun), Swifta Beater (Kano, Giggs), and Nyge (Section Boyz, Yxng Bane), Tracey incorporates electronic music, rock, garage and even country on his most cohesive work to date.
  5. Q Magazine
    Feb 7, 2019
    80
    AJ Tracey not only lives up to his hype, he transcends it. [Mar 2019, p.114]
  6. Feb 7, 2019
    80
    The album leaps surefootedly from the pop-facing and melodically lush Psych Out! and Butterflies to the claustrophobic rhythmic clatter and 80s arcade game electronics of Horror Flick. ... For all the lyrics’ tendency to fly past in a blur of namechecks for designer labels, Vegas hotels and high-end car manufacturers, there’s self-awareness and occasionally very British wit behind them.
  7. Feb 11, 2019
    60
    The MC born Ché Wolton Grant is on fire, yet in some danger of losing his individuality.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Feb 10, 2019
    8
    AJ manages to make an album with variety. While a lot of UK albums can suffer from being unoriginal or repetitive, he makes an record thatAJ manages to make an album with variety. While a lot of UK albums can suffer from being unoriginal or repetitive, he makes an record that truly sounds unique to him. Solid debut. Expand
  2. Feb 18, 2019
    3
    A lack of vulnerability in the lyricism is the downfall of this effort from the UK Hip Hop artist. Euro-dance beats and generic rhythms blendA lack of vulnerability in the lyricism is the downfall of this effort from the UK Hip Hop artist. Euro-dance beats and generic rhythms blend together to create a forgettable album with absolutely no heart. This album is all fluff about “poppin’ bottles” & “Diamonds on my neck” and has no substance that gives you any insight to what makes AJ Tracey special. 3 out of 10
    Tracks to enjoy: “Psych Out!” & “Country Star”
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