Wretch 32

June 28th, 2006

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After hearing his heavy debut mixtape 'Learn From My Mixtape' we got hold of this North London Grime rapper to chat about his background, what he's done so far and what the future holds.

First up, who are ya?

I'm Wretch 32, from North London.

How did you come up with the name and what other ones have you used?

I had no other names before but Wretch just suits my image and personality, but it's hard to define exactly what a wretch is. That's why I like it.

What's your local scene saying?

Yeah, the North London scene's doing well. It's got Cell 22, Chain Gang, Boy Better Know, so we're prospering right now.

Which other people are you enjoying and wanna work with some day?

Nathan, Blemish, Young Pro, Keisha White, J2K, Temp Man, Swiss, Baby Blue.

How long you been rapping and who are your biggest influences?

Properly, for about a year and a half. My influences are Kano, Mike GLC, Swiss, Ghetto and Sway, but Jay-Z's 'Fade To Black' DVD did inspire to keep going.

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How'd you describe the music you do?

Reflective of surroundings and entertaining.

What releases have you put out so far?

'Learn From Mixtape' and my EP consisting of 'Wretch Yeah', plus the instrumental and two bonus songs.

Can you tell us about some of the projects you have lined up?

I'm on three compilation mixtapes. 'The Movement' mixtape out July/August. The Streets official 'Pranging Out' remix video as well as top secret collaborations with different music genres, but look out for the next solo mixtape and 'Chain Gangs Breakin' The Chain'.

Which producers are you using the beats of?

Magic Fingers, Merlin, Chunky Bizzle, True Tiger, Xtrepli, Scorcher, Issue & L Enjoy Life, Left D. I go for quality rather than a quantity of names.

What's the best and worst aspects of the grime scene, and what mc's should we check?

Best, it's originality and worst is it's name and lack of events. MC's you need to check out are Y. Wizz and Caps (youngers), The Movement and Boy Better Know. Producers you need to check out are Magic Fingers, Merlin, Chunky Bizzle, True Tiger and Xtrepli, not forgetting Scorcher.

How do grime scene heads feel about the more traditional UK hiphop scene?

I don't think they understand it to well if you're talking about Rodney P and Skinnyman, but at the end of the day the only difference between the two genres is the tempo.

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To an outsider, grime can seem a bit too unstructured to get to grips with. How could this be improved?

'Learn From My Mixtape'!

It seems pretty aggressive and fierce at times. How has becoming a Father affected your outlook?

I've never personally affiliated myself with any single genre of music. If you listen to my mixtape you'll hear how the tempos vary, so becoming a Father hasn't changed nothing of my outlook because I'm always trying to set a precedent and stretch myself.

How often are you out performing live?

Presently not as often as I would like to but usually you can see me at 333s, Cargo and Market Place, as well as Stratford Circus on occasions.

Where'd you like to see yourself as an artist, three years from now. Are you chasing a deal?

In three years as a MOBO winner. I'm undecided about a deal but if a label situation came along similar to Kano's (679) situation I would seriously consider it as they appear that they know how to handle artists and understand them.

Where can heads keep up to date with your tracks?

Myspace.com/Wretchclart

Any shout out's or plugs you'd like to make?

Big up The M.O.V.E.M.E.N.T, Chain Gang, Boy Better Know, TMT and Combination Camp. If you're a DJ make sure you cop my EP 'Learn From My Mixtape' out in all good record stores now.



16 Responses to “Wretch 32”

  1. lukey Says:

    maaan cnt begin 2 explain how big wretch’s music is…
    its havin a very big influence on me…
    wretch defantly goin places!!
    zoop zoop!

  2. North London Says:

    wretch 32 is the best m.c in the whole of the ‘grime’ scene! “I beleive in the heat like satan, that will lift u off your feet like christ”
    as soon as u got bars like that your too big to be released i swear down, he should b a little bit more patient and let ppl catch up wit him! But still big up all the movement, the most talented click ive seen, in the world beeter then d block and all them americans im tellin u, bars 4 bars ther movin ZOOOOOOOOOP

  3. Adi Pre Says:

    Watup man….I copped the mixtape (learn from my mixtape) about a month ago now…mannnn..I loved dat shit from day 1! and still boppin dat shit! serious a big big mixtape….In my opinion hes the best thing in UK now…..purely for the fact that hes diverse…..he can pull off a grime beat (which I aint a big fan of at all) but at the same time pull a niiiice verse on a kanye beat….flow is sick….overall man…I think he’ll be big for deff :)

  4. Coxy Says:

    i boguth ur mixtape from rytham division where i was stuck between buying yours and syer bars.. i had only heard ur nane so i asked in the shop and sum guy replied “wretch is FUCK’D” so i coped it and now i understand y your in the novement and 1 of the “real2 leading british artists in the scen.

    keep doin ur thibg…

  5. Yvonne Blake Says:

    BIG THINGS FOR REAL AND NO ONE WOULD OF EVER THOUGHT THAT HE WOULD COME THUS FAR, BUT HEY BROV I ALWAYS HAD FAITH IN YOU FROM DAY 1. KEEP UP THE HARD WRK AND KNOW THAT THIS IS ONE DETERMIND INDIVIDUAL RIGHT HERE AND HE AIN’T NOTHING LIKE LAZY, NO FOR ONE SEC.

    TAKE CARE AND NUFF LOVE, BLESS

  6. Danny Says:

    i tink wretch 32 is swag i mean whats da 32 bit bout anway? he aint gonna get no where trust me hes a losr jus like all da uder artists. wretch to be unheared of in 2 months! no lies.

  7. big black guy Says:

    bigggggg on roadz ur barz are big jus need more vedios n ull go far definatly

  8. Mdott Says:

    YOUR BARZ ARE SIKK SILL KEEP GOING G

  9. Switcha Says:

    You Mans R Heavy In The Grim Bizniz Trus!

  10. hemel mandem josh Says:

    wreth is sick wot u chattin bowt u wasteman wretch is a loser. bruv wots da 32 bit bowt? wots ur name danny? wot da #### atleast ive heard of wreth. sicko mc him,scorcher n ghetto top mc’s of da game trus.id only heard of him till i got learn from my mixtape n brv i was feelin dat #### straight away. keep it up wrech #### dem haters fam. bless

  11. grief Says:

    wrech is shower his barz r exclusive i recond hes gonna be big world wide trust me i c tingz b4 dey happen. ina bit bless

  12. THE CHEF HA3-NW10 Says:

    WRETCH IS FUKED…. LISTEN 2 SIDEWINDER RAW 1 SETTRACK 4…. THE BAR IS TOO MUCH

  13. Rijour Says:

    wretch yu da mane all tight punctuation ….levels above yauh diggg repin leeds all da way uk scene yeah

  14. Deeps Kiid Says:

    wots reli gd

  15. ... Says:

    He’s Levels Above Its Blatent!

  16. PiPer East LDN Says:

    Wretch is doin alot soon gna b da best! hold tyt keep doin wot u doin!