AJ Tracey rose to popularity in 2016 and was listed by The Guardian in a list of “best new acts to catch at festivals in 2016”.
Tracey’s first mainstream EP, Secure the Bag! (2017) entered the UK Albums Chart at number thirteen. In 2018, Tracey released the single “Butterflies” featuring British rapper Not3s which served as his commercial breakthrough, peaking in the top 20 on the UK Singles Chart. His self-titled debut album, which was released in 2019 by Warner Records, received critical acclaim and peaked at number three on the UK Albums Chart. It featured his highest-charting single as a solo artist, “Ladbroke Grove”, which peaked at number three on the UK Singles Chart and was certified platinum by the BPI.