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Wretch 32 Black And White Deluxe Version 2011AlbumSW 36

Wretch 32: The Deluxe Edition of Black and White (2011 Album Review)

Wretch 32 is a British hip hop artist who rose to fame with his second studio album, Black and White, released in 2011. The album was a critical and commercial success, debuting at number four on the UK Albums Chart and spawning six singles, including the number one hit Dont Go. The album showcases Wretch 32s versatility and creativity as an MC, blending different genres and influences such as grime, R&B, soul and pop. The deluxe version of the album features four bonus tracks and a DVD with behind-the-scenes footage and music videos.

Wretch 32 Black And White Deluxe Version 2011AlbumSW 36


The Albums Concept and Themes

The title of the album, Black and White, reflects Wretch 32s personal and artistic journey from his humble beginnings in Tottenham to his mainstream recognition and success. He explained in an interview that black represents where I come from, the struggle, the pain, the hardship. And white represents where Im going, the light at the end of the tunnel, the hope, the dream. The album also explores themes such as love, family, friendship, fame, faith and social issues.

The Albums Highlights

The album features a diverse range of collaborators, such as Ed Sheeran, Example, Daley, Etta Bond and Chipmunk. Some of the standout tracks are:

  • Traktor - The lead single from the album, a catchy and energetic grime anthem that showcases Wretch 32s witty wordplay and flow. The song features vocals from L Marshall and was produced by Yogi.

  • Unorthodox - The second single from the album, a clever and catchy sample of The Stone Roses Fools Gold, with Wretch 32 and Example trading bars about their unconventional styles and success. The song was produced by Future Cut.

  • Dont Go - The third single from the album, a heartfelt and soulful ballad that features vocals from Josh Kumra. The song was inspired by Wretch 32s relationship with his son and his fear of losing him. The song was produced by Shell Shock.

  • Forgiveness - The fourth single from the album, a powerful and emotional song that features vocals from Etta Bond. The song deals with Wretch 32s struggle to forgive himself for his past mistakes and to move on with his life. The song was produced by Labrinth.

  • Hush Little Baby - The fifth single from the album, a sweet and uplifting song that features vocals from Ed Sheeran. The song is dedicated to Wretch 32s son and his hopes for his future. The song was produced by iSHi.

The Albums Reception

The album received positive reviews from critics, who praised Wretch 32s lyrical skills, musical diversity and maturity. AllMusic gave the album four out of five stars, calling it a confident and accomplished effort that proves hes more than just a flash in the pan. BBC Music also gave the album a favourable review, stating that Wretch 32 has delivered an impressive second album that should cement his reputation as one of Britains most exciting MCs. The Guardian gave the album three out of five stars, noting that Wretch 32 is at his best when he sticks to what he knows: witty wordplay, sharp storytelling and infectious hooks.

The Albums Legacy

The album was nominated for several awards, such as the MOBO Awards for Best Album and Best Hip Hop/Grime Act, the BRIT Awards for British Breakthrough Act and British Single (Dont Go), and the Ivor Novello Awards for Best Contemporary Song (Dont Go). The album also helped Wretch 32 establish himself as one of the leading figures in the UK hip hop scene, influencing a new generation of artists such as Stormzy, Krept & Konan and J Hus.

Black and White is a classic example of British hip hop at its finest, showcasing Wretch 32s talent, versatility and vision as c481cea774


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