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Wretch 32 Announces UK Headline Shows

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In celebration of the release of his Top 5 new album ‘Growing Over Life’ via Polydor Records, Wretch 32 has announced two UK headline shows for November.

Expect to hear new music from his latest album. Wed 09th November - London O2 Forum Kentish Town and Thursday 10th November - Manchester O2 Ritz.

“This is the album I’ve been waiting five years to release – and been waiting a whole lifetime to make” says the acclaimed North London rapper.

Growing Over Life sits in the middle space between rap freestyles and chart hits. Five years in the making, Wretch has taken a deep breath and relaxed into his musical approach. "My knowledge has increased, and I’ve got a lot more to say.” As a result, the album is uncompromisingly soulful and raw.

Since his last album, Wretch has collaborated with the best of British talent; from a collaboration with Emeli Sande on Naughty Boy’s 2013 ‘Hotel Cabana’ album, stormed into the top 10 with the critically acclaimed ‘Six Words.’ Last year he released the mixtape, "Young Fire, Old Flame," that re-ignited his profile with the UK underground.

It led to the "infamous" performance of his "Fire In The Booth," freestyle on BBC 1xtra that sent views into overdrive.

Growing Over Life is at its heart, a commentary on Britain, and the black British experience in 2016. From constant referencing his roots through live shows - his last tour saw him incorporate fixtures to emulate the street he grew up in including street lights, a phone box and his bus stop - to discussing ‘have-nots’ (Antwi) and race (‘Would you walk a mile as a black man in their shoes?’ – Dreams To Sunshine) this is the culmination of five years of navigating emotion and using the studio as catharsis.

Wretch is primed to secure his position as one of our most exciting home-grown talents at a time when Black British music has never been more exciting.
Words SIMON REDLEY

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