- Mon, 2011-04-18 10:13
It's been a long time coming, but Wretch 32 has finally claimed his place in the limelight as one of the UK's hottest emcees. To celebrate his ascendance we've invited him to Guest Edit . He's chosen a favourite track, album and video to talk about, telling us about his love for Stone Roses, Kanye West and Take That.
Artist: Stone Roses Track: Fools Gold Release: November 1989 Label: Silvertone
Growing up my dad was a DJ who predominately played reggae music, however this was one indie record that made it into his collection. It is such a cool and funky record with perfect vocals, which allow you to groove to the beat. To this day it still has the same affect on me, which is why I jumped at the chance to sample it.
Artist: Kanye West Album: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy Release: November 2010 Label: Mercury Records
Kanye created one of the best cross-genre albums of all time for me. It broadened the boundaries of hip hop by putting together sounds which had no right to go together, but just worked. I find listening to this album inspiring as it shows me that even after your 4th album you consistently improve if you maintain the drive and willingness to be the best.
Artist: Take That Track: Greatest Day Release: November 2008 Label: Polydor
Wow…This video and song made like the world could end at any moment. I feel that the visual perfectly complimented the song's feeling and emotions. I once tweeted about it and recall being called up by a radio station as they were surprised that a rapper could be talking about a man-band, but Take That and Gary Barlow in particular are great musicians.
Wretch 32 Playlist
1. The Black Eyed Peas - Just Can't Get Enough
2. Mann Featuring 50 Cent - Buzzin (Remix)
3. Jeremih Featuring 50 Cent - Down On Me
4. Vybz Kartel - Dancehall Hero
5. Mavado - Star Bwoy
6. Katy B - Broken Record
7. Wretch 32 Featuring Example - Unorthodox
8. Wiz Khalifa - Black & Yellow
9. Chipmunk Featuring Keri Hilson - In The Air
10. Wretch 32 - Traktor
11. Tinie Tempah Featuring Ellie Goulding - Wonderman
12. Kanye West Featuring Rihanna - All Of The Lights
13. Aloe Blacc - I Need A Dollar
14. Jessie J - Nobody's Perfect
15. Ny Featuring Giggs - Be With You
16. Jamie Woon - Lady Luck
17. Clare Maguire - The Last Dance
18. Maverick Sabre - Where We Gonna Go
19. The Script - For The First Time
20. Adele - Someone Like You
Interview #659: Wretch 32 Read the full interview here