5th December | O2 Academy

At the age of just nineteen, Aitch (birth name Harrison Armstrong) has experienced a spectacular rise to the top echelon of the British hip-hop hierarchy. His first track, ‘Straight Rhymez’, was a big YouTube hit, a near-four minute freestyle with a very clever video filmed in one take on a handheld, just a bunch of kids hanging around their cars in a typical neighborhood while Aitch rolls out his rhymes. Commentators around the globe lapped it up, even if most outside the UK struggled with the pronunciation of his name.

Since then, he has followed up with two top-ten UK singles, ‘Taste (Make It Shake)’ and ‘Buss Down’. He also appeared with Stormzy on ‘Take Me Back To London’, that appeared on Ed Sheeran’s remix album No 6 Callaborations Project and reached number one in the singles chart.

His success, though, is no flash in the pan. His lyrics and technical ability are strong enough to appeal to hardcore hip-hop fans, but his smooth flow and chirpy demeanour make him equally accessible to the wider music community. Above all, there is a definite down-to-earth Englishness to Aitch that is very appealing.

Aitch’s current tour was rather hastily arranged, after his September tour sold out in a matter of minutes. Tickets for this show at The O2 Academy, though, did not last much longer. The guy is hot property, and no mistake.

See the video for ‘Taste (Make It Shake)’ here: