Wretch 32 Interviewed: "UK Rap Can Go Toe To Toe With Any Country"

Local Tottenham boy and one of the UK's most exciting rappers dresses up in Topman and discusses staying true to his roots...
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Local Tottenham boy and one of the UK's most exciting rappers dresses up in Topman and discusses staying true to his roots...

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Jermaine Scott, 28, better known as Wretch 32 grew up the son of a local reggae DJ on Tottenham’s Tiverton Estate – a hood he still calls home. Selling mixtapes on street corners and spitting on pirate radio, Wretch 32 was a member of the grime collective ‘Combination Chain Gang’ before forming ‘The Movement’ with fellow MCs Scorcher, Ghetts, and Mercston.Despite being relatively unheard of outside of North London quarters until late 2006, the UK Grime veteran burst on to the mainstream scene in 2011 rapidly scoring three consecutive top five hits with ‘Traktor’, ‘Unorthodox’ and the number 1 single ‘Don’t Go’.

Since cementing his name as one of the UK’s best lyricists, Wretch 32’s debut album ‘Black and White’ amassed over a million record sales and in addition to countless awards, nominations and collaborations the rapper headlined a sold out UK tour. With his latest release ‘POP’ out now and another album on it’s way soon after, 2013 is set to be another massive year for the one they call ‘The Metaphor Man’. Even in his pyjamas this boy’s got swag.

Topman Generation: Does this feel like a good time to reflect on your achievements in 2012?

Wretch 32: I think it’s good to reflect when you've finished and look back on everything. I don’t want to stroke my ego too much and think, yeah we've done this and it’s amazing… It definitely has been a good two years, but it’s about looking forward. I think there is a lot more to come and I tend to focus on what’s happening next rather than looking back.

Topman Generation: Are there any standout moments from last year for you?

Wretch 32: Definitely working on the advert for the London 2012 Olympics. That was one of the biggest things I have done to date. I was kind of representing the country and that’s a massive look. I remember just before it came out thinking, I hope everyone likes it. It was a fun thing to do and I was just happy to be a part of it.

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