Ain’t It Different was considered a culture-shifting moment for the UK scene with it being the first collaboration from its biggest stars, Headie One, Stormzy and Aj Tracey. But in an attempt to combine all of the rapper’s unique sounds, the song becomes a melodic melting pot in which no distinct sound can be heard. The beat falls awkwardly on the ear, with each rapper’s flow hiccuping and spluttering in attempt to keep up with the song’s accelerated BPM. Despite this, Headie, Stormzy and AJ deliver braggadocious verses, sneering at their haters and reminding them why they’re the best.
Not every song on an album will be a favourite or a chart topper. Regardless of one’s feelings towards this song, Headie fans and music fans like myself are eagerly awaiting his debut album set for release later this year.