The rise of Wretch 32 is an interesting journey. Jermaine Scott, also known as Wretch 32 started his music career as a part of the ‘Combination Chain Gang’ , he then went on to create ‘The Movement’ with Bashy, Scorcher and Mercston. He then went on to release Wretchrospective his debut studio album in 2008 and was signed to the label Ministry of Sound.
Since his debut he has released Black and White, Growing Over Life with FR32 being his latest release. As well as this he has released a number of singles including Traktor and Don’t Go. Released on 13th October 2017, the highly anticipated album consists of 12 tracks and includes features from the likes of Donae’O,Yxng Bane, Avelino and Kojo Funds. The album, overall, has a mixed vibe, from bangers to ballads and even includes a sample of Whitney Houston’s It’s Not Right but It’s Okay in the track ‘Tell Me’ featuring Kojo Funds and Jahlani.
FR32 is not just the title of the album, it’s actually a play on of Wretch’s stage name. The numbers 32 are Wretch’s lucky numbers, hence the name Wretch 32. FR32 represents freedom, his being the freedom of Wretch’s mind after facing many challenges in life. The tracks are based on several everyday, relatable subjects, including family/relationship struggles and future goals. The infamous track His & Hers (Perspectives) contains monologues and some incredible thought out lyricism, focusing on issues that occur in modern day relationships. People can understand the raw passion and honesty that comes through his music in this album. Along with this, Thugs Prayer helps us realise the things that matter in this day and age, where a person’s might believe their validity comes from the amount of likes your last Instagram post got.
It is clear that the Tottenham born rapper is passing on his wisdom.
Since the beginning of his career, Wretch 32 has built his name. He has been on Charlie Sloth’s Fire In the Booth a number of times. As well as this, he has won several awards including the BET Award for Best International Act: UK in 2012. He has also been nominated for the Best Single for “Whistle”, ‘Best Male Act’ and ‘Best Hip Hop Act’ at the 2017 Urban Music Awards.
Since dropping FR32, Wretch 32 has since announced his headline UK show on Monday 11th December which will be at London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire. Tickets are now available on Gigsandtours.com and Ticketmaster.com. Make sure you’re there!