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Rapper Wretch 32 Brings Nashville Rock To North London Venue Nambucca With Jack Rocks

London rappers Wretch 32 and K Zorro teamed up with Nashville musicians (drummer Dominic Billett, singer-songwriter Joe Pisapia and former Roots bassist Owen Biddle) to reinterpret their own hip-hop tracks as Southern rock songs at north London's Nambucca last night for a one of a kind Jack Rocks show. If you weren't lucky enough to be there, here's what happened.

  • The rapper was on fine form during his pre-gig interview, telling NME he wasn't nervous: "Nerves don’t happen any more, man. That stopped happening years ago. This is just what I do. Like you don’t get nervous to breathe, because it’s something you do every day. Music is just something that I’m always doing. I love [performing] and I’m happy at the reaction, but there ain’t nerves."

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    Added: 15 Apr 2016

  • An intimate 350-strong crowd of Jack Rocks competition winners were invited to Nambucca, where newcomer K Zorro, also a north London rapper, opened the show with a storming support set.

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  • Asked if was nervous about performing music from a genre that was unfamiliar to him, Wretch replied: "I hope that they’re touched more than surprised. My heart is always on my sleeve on my records, but the way I’ve constructed the set should help people think: 'Okay, this guy’s musical career is like a diary.' And the chapters keep going. It's like The NeverEnding Story."

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  • K Zorro set the tone for the evening with a bassy rendition his hip-hop track 'The Wolves'. The pace let up only briefly when he stopped to ask the crowd if someone could kindly pass him a glass of water, as he'd forgotten to take one onstage with him. One kind punter quickly obliged. Nambucca, you're good people.

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  • The rapper and his Nashville collective performed a funk version of his track 'Hasta Luego', which features the lyric: "Had some good times, had some bad times." None of the latter at tonight's show.

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  • London singer-songwriter Polly V Pearce was on hand to lend her soaring voice.

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  • Wretch opened with his high-energy 2011 debut single 'Traktor', which boasted both blaring, siren-like synths and soulful backing vocals, summing up the eclecticism of the evening.

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  • "I linked up with some incredible musicians from Nashville," Wretch said, before explaining that, combined, the songs he played all told the story of a relationship, from the good times to the bad times and everything in between. "It might touch you," he added – and he wasn't wrong.

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  • 'All I Need' explored those moments when you feel distant from the person you love, while '6 Seconds' captured the joy of fatherhood (Wretch dedicated the song to his two children), with the lyric: "I found my treasure in you." We were with him through emotional high – and we can't wait to see Wretch reach new heights when his new album 'Growing Over Life' is released in the summer.

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    Added: 15 Apr 2016