Wretch 32 – ‘Black And White’ review

A painfully confused debut album

Tottenham MC Wretch 32 didn’t endear himself to the indie classicists with ‘Unorthodox’, his second single, which sampled the holy cow that is The Stone Roses’ ‘Fools Gold’. It was a cheeky move, sure, but the result was a whip-smart pop single with a nagging chorus and a healthy degree of swagger.

Sadly, such pop bluster is largely missing from this debut album, which is over-long and obsessed with pained R&B choruses – precisely the reasons we all went off American rap in the first place. It’s a shame because Wretch is clearly a talented MC who should have had more confidence in his own unorthodox abilities.

Ben Cardew

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