While Aitch’s introduction to music happened long before, it was the young Mancunian’s hit Straight Rhymez that really turned the industry’s eye to the promising newcomer. Providing him with the platform and recognition to take things to the next level, he’s since gone on to open for artists such as Wiley and Cadet alongside amassing millions of youtube hits. PAUSE sat down with the upstart to talk all things music, fashion & more.
Who did you listen to growing up?
UK wise, Chip and all of them, but really growing up I was more into 50 Cent. That was when I was a bit younger and then when it came into high school, just more or less what was popping at the time, all of the grime scene – the JDZ, p110 era.
Were there many people from Manchester that you could look up to back then?
There definitely were, I just wasn’t doing music at the time but other people in Manchester were. People like Shifty, Wrigley, there’s a couple OG’s in Manchester.
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