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  • Audio CD (22 Aug. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
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  • Label: Mos/Levels
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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Black and White is the debut album from British rapper Wretch 32. Nominated by the BBC for their Sound of 2011, his first single "Traktor" is included on this album alongside his single "Unorthodox" featuring Example, while other tracks feature the likes of Ed Sheeran and Chipmunk.

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Wretch 32, real name Jermaine Scott, is one of the UK's most loved MCs - from the underground up. From his early years in London's flourishing grime scene back in the early 00s, the Tottenham-raised lyricist has always stood out from the crowd. His conscious and reflective bars, along with an extremely relaxed flow, made him a firm favourite on the UK hip hop circuit.

Much like Tinie Tempah, Wretch 32 has proved that British MCs can reach the mainstream without selling their soul to pop. The first fruits of this crossover success were tasted in January 2011, when his single Traktor broke into the domestic top five following an appearance on the BBC Sound of… list. And his second official single, Unorthodox, fared even better, peaking at number two in April. So it's clear that much has changed since his debut LP of 2008, Wretchrospective - but has public recognition come at the expense of what marked Wretch 32 out as such a talent in the first place?

Not at all - on the opening title-track, the rapper lets the listener know that it's the same old Wretch at work. Over a drum-heavy hip hop beat he sets up the rest of the album well, advising everyone to fasten their seatbelts as he prepares to take them on a ride that they won't forget in a hurry.

Never Be Me finds Wretch delving into his past, opening up about making certain decisions in life that got him to where he is today. Featuring RnB newcomer Angel on the hook, the track has an inspirational feel to it - all over another impressive, but this time more grime-influenced, beat. A true standout is Anniversary, with Alex Mills on singing duties - it's a love song, minus any cheese. Then the album lurches into the electro-infused Sane's the New Mad - a glimpse into Wretch's party lifestyle, with ladies and alcohol at the forefront of his attentions. And closer Don't Go just might be one of the tracks of the year.

Black and White is a 'featuring'-heavy offering - Ed Sheeran, Chipmunk and Labrinth's new signing, Etta Bond, are among the guests appearing. But unlike many other albums where the central MC is joined by several contributors, the collaborations don't take any shine away from the artist at the core of this release. Across these varied tracks we hear Wretch 32 in all of his lyrical glory, making good on the promise he's shown since day one.

--Joseph 'JP' Patterson

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Great album quality songs
BUT ... get the Black and White (Deluxe Version) as it has extras that are even better
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I like Wretch 32 but to be honest theres some songs that are far better then others, He also works with some artists on this album that cheapen the album. he however is a respectable hip hop artist and i would recommend anyone to give him a listen
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For a debut mainstream album, its pretty impressive! Wretch expressives himself in a way that gives you glipses into the way he felt at different times of his life, from finding out he was having a baby, to growing up in a deprived area. He's honesty is a breath of fresh air.
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Wretch 32 is good at rapping, his vocals are clear, his rhymes dope and his beats are flawless. We see this in Black and White. However there are two things I don't like in this album.

1) My Favourite songs on the album are ones in which his rapping is the focal point, there are too many songs mainly featuring other artists (like wtf is ed sheeran doing on there) which let the album down because they don't fit in with Wretch's style.
2) The album feels as if it was produced in a rush, there is little consistency between songs, when you have two songs as different as "Traktor" and "Breathe" (both of which are awesome individually) it's hard to make the album flow as one piece of music.
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Fantastic mix of songs, sounds and moods - great collaborations - not heard better in many years - and at 53 I've heard a few!!!! Can't stop listening again and again. A potential classic if ever I heard one. Well done Wretch 32, got to be No 1 !!!!
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Saw him on Jools and thought I must hear more. Never been into rap. Blues, punk, rock, the whole spectrum except "pop" - love it. Rap - no thank you. However the way melodies, rhythm and harmonics are blended by Jermaine Scott made me buy this and I love it. Personal favourite? Hush Little Baby...
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The old Wretch has been around for some time, with brilliant songs to grip the nation. He's my ratings.
Black and White- 10/10.
Never Be Me feat Angel- 6/10
Traktor feat L- 10/10
Please Don't Let Me Go- 3/10
Unorthodox feat Example- 8/10
I'm Not The Man feat Angel and Chipmunk- 7/10
Anniversary (FALL IN LOVE) feat Alex Mills- 8/10
Sane's The New Mad- 1/10
Forgiveness feat Etta Bond- 9/10
Long Way Home feat Daley- 5/10
Let Yourself Go- 5/10
Don't Be Afraid- 7/10
Hush Little Baby feat !!ED SHEERAN!!- 10/10
Don't Go feat Josh Kumra- 10/10
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i totally love this album, after a long search for something decent to come along, jermaine scott is truly talented. best song so far- traktor acoustic version. you wouldn't regret ordering this for 1 minute.
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