He’s enjoyed a successful career since with huge tracks under his belt including Butterflies and the hugely popular Ladbroke Grove, while he’s also nominated for three Brit Awards this year. 

And AJ Tracey has reflected on his rise to fame since soaring to popularity in 2016, as he noted that connecting with his loved ones, especially his mother, takes precedence over any money he makes.

Speaking in an interview with Man About Town magazine, the rapper, 27, stated: ‘When I was broke, I thought I needed money in order to be happy’, but soon realised that it’s not the material things that matter.

Reflections: AJ Tracey has reflected on his rise to fame since soaring to popularity in 2016, as he noted that connecting with his loved ones, especially his mother, takes precedence over any money he makes

Reflections: AJ Tracey has reflected on his rise to fame since soaring to popularity in 2016, as he noted that connecting with his loved ones, especially his mother, takes precedence over any money he makes

Reflections: AJ Tracey has reflected on his rise to fame since soaring to popularity in 2016, as he noted that connecting with his loved ones, especially his mother, takes precedence over any money he makes

AJ, real name Ché Wolton Grant, who grew up in Ladbroke Grove, west London, discussed the stark contrast of wealth in the area, explaining how when he was younger he used to aspire to have the ‘flash cars’ he can now afford. 

He explained: ‘It is a beautiful place but if you take a left or right off the main roads you are right in the middle of the hood. We grew up having to look at all these affluent things, people with Rolexes, fast cars and in suits — we never had any of that. It’s a very stark contrast between the poverty and the affluence that is there.’ 

The Dinner Guest hitmaker also contemplated that having money is no good if there’s no one to share it with as he told how his busy career has stopped him from seeing his mother as much as he’d like

Important: Speaking in an interview with Man About Town magazine, the rapper, 27, stated: 'When I was broke, I thought I needed money in order to be happy', but soon realised that it's not the material things that matter.

Important: Speaking in an interview with Man About Town magazine, the rapper, 27, stated: 'When I was broke, I thought I needed money in order to be happy', but soon realised that it's not the material things that matter.

Important: Speaking in an interview with Man About Town magazine, the rapper, 27, stated: ‘When I was broke, I thought I needed money in order to be happy’, but soon realised that it’s not the material things that matter.

He said: ‘When I was broke, I thought I needed money in order to be happy but now I realise what was making me happy is my mum, being around my family and my friends. Now that I can’t see my mum as much, I’ve realised that a lot more. 

He added that he’s in possession of ‘all this money’, but questioned what he would ‘do with it own your own?’ 

Meanwhile, AJ, who is up for Best British Male at this year’s Brit Awards, told how he is ‘grateful’ to move away from his old life, but commented that success is not measured by wealth, but the experiences and memories you make. 

Growing up: AJ, real name Ché Wolton Grant, who grew up in Ladbroke Grove, west London, discussed the stark contrast of wealth in the area, explaining how when he was younger he used to aspire to have the 'flash cars' he can now afford

Growing up: AJ, real name Ché Wolton Grant, who grew up in Ladbroke Grove, west London, discussed the stark contrast of wealth in the area, explaining how when he was younger he used to aspire to have the 'flash cars' he can now afford

Growing up: AJ, real name Ché Wolton Grant, who grew up in Ladbroke Grove, west London, discussed the stark contrast of wealth in the area, explaining how when he was younger he used to aspire to have the ‘flash cars’ he can now afford

Family matters: When I was broke, I thought I needed money in order to be happy but now I realise what was making me happy is my mum, being around my family and my friends'

Family matters: When I was broke, I thought I needed money in order to be happy but now I realise what was making me happy is my mum, being around my family and my friends'

Family matters: When I was broke, I thought I needed money in order to be happy but now I realise what was making me happy is my mum, being around my family and my friends’

He explained: ‘I’m grateful to have made it out the hood but I don’t think success is down to how much wealth you accumulate. It’s about making memories, creating moments and the impact you can have.’ 

The artist, who recently released his album Flu Game, when on to to say how his ‘growth’ as a person also saw his music change, as his old freestyles that he produced while being ‘broke and angry’ feature lyrics he would now ‘look at in horror’. 

Read the full interview in the new issue of Man About Town magazine. 

Thoughts: ¿I¿m grateful to have made it out the hood but I don¿t think success is down to how much wealth you accumulate. It¿s about making memories, creating moments and the impact you can have'

Thoughts: ¿I¿m grateful to have made it out the hood but I don¿t think success is down to how much wealth you accumulate. It¿s about making memories, creating moments and the impact you can have'

Thoughts: ‘I’m grateful to have made it out the hood but I don’t think success is down to how much wealth you accumulate. It’s about making memories, creating moments and the impact you can have’

Source: Daily Mail

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