After a dormant few months, Mancunian rap powerhouse Aitch has floored fans with impactful new offering ‘Raw’. The freestyle lands in the wake of his chart-topping collaborative single ‘Rain’ with AJ Tracey x Tay Keith – which is still in the UK Top 20 weeks later and on the verge of platinum status. Aitch will perform the track this weekend at BBC Radio 1’s first virtual Big Weekend, featuring sets from YUNGBLUD, Rex Orange County, HAIM and more.
A reminder of Aitch’s lyrical prowess and versatility, ‘Raw’ sees the 20-year-old talent spitting his way through a declaration of confidence and truth – a recap of his success so far. The single, produced by Whyjay and Sangy, is accompanied by a dark and moody visual (directed by KC Locke) – watch below. It’s a mission statement from the young rapper, who is hailed one of the most exciting talents in the UK right now: “Young Aitch, Big Boss, I’m The Captain.”
Adapting his trademark flow to any beat, Aitch is undoubtedly one of the biggest success stories of the last year. Covering The Guardian Guide last month, and garnering support from the likes of NME, GQ, Vogue, Clash and beyond, Aitch is on the rise – even Stormzy and Ed Sheeran are fans. Debut offering ‘Straight Rhymez’ has garnered more than 19 million views, credited as the video that propelled the then-teenage Aitch, into the limelight.
Since then, Aitch has gone on to make his mark globally – he is YouTube’s ‘Artist On The Rise’, has a Brit Award nomination under his belt and a Global Award win for ‘Best New Artist’. His video for single ‘Taste (Make It Shake)’ has accrued 28M views, and at one point he even featured on four songs in the UK Official Chart at one time. A keen collaborator and integral part of the UK Rap Scene, Aitch has seen huge success with his features on Young T and Bugsey ‘Strike Me A Pose’, Russ x Tion Wayne ‘Kesha Becky (Remix)’, Ed Sheeran ‘Take Me Back To London’ and more recently, alongside DigDat on ‘Ei8ht Mile’.