After a storming set at London’s XOYO last night 25 year-old Jermaine Scott, aka Wretch 32 has announced a headline UK tour for October this year. Wretch 32 had an incredible start to the year. After being earmarked by BBC as a one to watch for their Sound of 2011 list, along with being hotly tipped by NME, MTV and HMV, as a rising music star he has gone on to achieve a top 5 debut smash with his first commercial single release, Traktor, and has just completed a tour with Example.
Wretch 32 is the UK rappers rapper. The Metaphor Man – as Devlin likes to call him – has a way with words that has earned him a reputation as the best lyricist on the scene. Before signing a record deal, Wretch 32 was already well known on the underground. Not only did he sell over 15,000 copies of his mixtapes in and around Tottenham where he grew up on the Tiverton estate and collaborating with the likes of Chipmunk, Mike Skinner and Wiley (to name a few), but he also received awards acknowledging his dazzling lyricism from BBC 1Xtra, Touch Magazine and the Official Mixtape Awards. In addition to signing to Levels Recordings / Ministry of Sound, last year also saw Wretch 32 supporting Professor Green, Tinie Tempah and Chipmunk on tour and appearing live at major festivals including Glastonbury and BBC Weekender.
Now, following on from the resounding commercial success of his first single release Traktor, Wretch 32 this week, released Unorthodox. Featuring Example and sampling the Stone Roses classic Fools Gold, the infectious sounding Unorthodox is the perfect follow up to Traktor. An up tempo track featuring witty wordplay, innovative beats and a killer hook for a chorus, Unorthodox will sit as comfortably on mainstream radio airwaves as it will on the grimiest of dance floors.
Sun 16, Glasgow O2 ABC 2, 0844 477 2000
Mon 17, Newcastle O2 Academy 2, 0844 477 2000
Wed 19, Manchester Academy 3, 0161 832 1111
Thu 20, Liverpool O2 Academy 2, 0844 477 2000
Fri 21, Sheffield Plug, 0114 241 3040
Sat 22, Leicester O2 Academy 2, 0844 477 2000
Sun 23, Birmingham HMV Library, 0844 248 5037
Mon 24, Oxford O2 Academy 2, 0844 477 2000
Wed 26, Bristol O2 Academy 2, 0844 477 2000
Fri 28, London Koko, 0844 847 2258
Sat 29, Brighton Concorde 2, 01273 673 311
Sun 30, Norwich Waterfront, 01603 508 050
Tickets are on sale now http://www.gigsandtours.com / 0844 811 0051
New single Unorthodox released by Levels Recordings / Ministry of Sound out now