Jermaine Scott aka Wretch 32 is the new don of UK hip hop – the metaphor man, as referred to by the grime glitterati – whose way with words and ear for a tough, infectious beat and sinuous, memorable melody have successfully and swiftly solidified the hype around him.
The boy from Tottenham has for a while been a name to conjure within underground circles, but with three consecutive top five hits and a critically acclaimed album with ‘Black and White’ under his belt, it is safe to say that Wretch 32 has consolidated his name in the mainstream.
The ‘Metaphor Man’ has lived up to the hype.
In addition to delivering a top five smash with debut single ‘Traktor’, a No. 2 anthem ‘Unorthodox’ (featuring Example) and No. 5 hit with ‘Don’t Go’, and a top 5 album with the well-received ‘Black and White’,
Wretch 32 has stolen the show at festivals over the summer, performed on 'Later With Jools Holland', been appointed an official Adidas ambassador for their Olympics 2012 campaign, and been nominated for four MOBO awards and a Q award. Wretch continues to go from strength to strength, his work offering a uniquely British vision, his view of the modern world, full of pathos and humour, biting commentaries offset by moments of levity. He says of his debut album; “it’s like a soundtrack to my life, you’ll listen to it and know everything about me as a person.”