Everybody's talking about 26 year old Jermaine Scott, aka Wretch 32. Adele, Jessie J and Rio Ferdinand have penned excited tweets about him, Liam Gallagher and Nikki Minaj have praised his music in interviews, 50 Cent's blogged about him, and P Diddy and Mark Ronson have asked him to jump up on stage with them. Chipmunk, The Streets and Wiley were among the first to ask him to record with them, and Professor Green and Tinie Tempah followed suit shortly after, inviting him to support them on tour. While Ian Brown gave him the green light to use a sample from the Stone Roses' Fools Gold for his chart topping single 'Unorthodox', a collaboration with fellow London rapper Example, who has compared Wretch's 'charismatic, effortless flow' with that of Jay Z.
2011 has seen Wretch 32 come a long way from the times when he sold mixtapes in and around Tottenham, where he grew up. After being earmarked by everyone from the BBC, NME, Q magazine and MTV through to Tinie Tempah, Devlin and Professor Green as the artist to watch for this year, 'The Metaphor Man' (as he is referred to by the grime glitterati) has lived up to the hype. In addition to delivering a top 5 smash with debut single 'Traktor’ and a chart topping no. 2 with follow up single 'Unorthodox', Wretch 32 has toured the UK with Example, performed at the BRITS after show with Mark Ronson, at Wembley Stadium for Capital's Summer Time Ball and on the In New Music We Trust stage at Radio 1's Big Weekend, been appointed as an Adidas ambassador, and has been asked to feature on a number of other artist's recordings including Chase & Status' single release 'Hitz'.