AJ Tracey has kicked off 2018 with the release of the music video for “Alakazam”. Being one of the standout tracks on his latest project, October’s ‘Secure The Bag!’ it’s only fitting that it has received a music video, co-directed by AJ himself, no less. The 23-year-old rapper is joined by BBK’s JME as well as Florida’s Denzel Curry in a video that sees them donning black cloaks on sets that look like they were borrowed from the Harry Potter films. With AJ and JME spitting in what looks like a Hogwarts common room and Denzel Curry doing an excellent impression of the castle’s moving portraits the whole video feels very mystical.
JME ends his verse with the bar “AJ, DC, worldwide music, it’s a new chapter” and the statement couldn’t be more appropriate as the song fuses grime influenced delivery with an atmospheric hip-hop instrumental that manages to cater to each MC’s individual style. While “Alakazam” certainly isn’t the first instance of UK and US MC’s coming together, it does serve as an excellent example of how cohesive the combination can be. Here’s to more collaborations between UK rappers and international rappers in 2018.
Words: Sulaiman Fell
‘Secure The Bag!’ is available for streaming on Spotify and Apple Music now.