Black And White


You think after listening to Jay and ‘Ye you’ve heard it all. You consider you’ve heard all the Pac and Biggie material so perhaps there’s nothing to say in 808s and rhymes. But you’d be wrong. And we are not about to talk about the YMCMB crew. Introducing Wretch 32, a man who looks like his name. His vocal projection sounds like a blend between Game and the melodic K’naan. An obvious club banger is Traktor which features L on the hooks. The song talks about the man’s fast life which is characterised by women, alcohol and fancy fashion.

But just when you figure him out to be a “thug” rapper, Please Don’t Let Me Go takes you off guard. It is basically self-explanatory from the title but he cleverly hides who the plea is directed at. This album has all the ingredients to be a classic. You get the deep lyrics that seem to come naturally to Wretch 32. Then the infectious hooks that featured artists like Chipmunk, Angel and Delilah bring on their individual songs. Then the beats. What’s hip hop without proper bass? Whatever your hip hop needs, Wretch 32 has got your back. – Munyaradzi Vomo