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Wretch 32: On love, life and controversy!

WINNING: Wretch 32

HE MIGHT boast a number of chart-topping singles and list the likes of Adele and Liam Gallagher as fans, but there’s one thing that Wretch 32 still has outstanding on his to-do list, finding love.

The north London rapper, who has just re-turned from a six-day stint in LA when we catch up, is keen to find the perfect companion to share in his success.

“There’s no special lady in my life right now,” the star tells me as the conversation steers away from music and his incredible success in the charts thus far.

When pressed about his perfect woman, the 27-year-old pauses, “I don’t really have a type,” he says. But before I can hit back with my next question or probe him on my last, he admits: “I’ll have a crush on Alesha Dixon until I die though.” Then there’s no stopping him, “…I like Rebecca Ferguson and I think Alexandra Burke is cute…”

So he does have a type then?

He laughs, “I don’t know. There’s a song on my album called Blur and that’s literally how I feel. Everything has just been a blur since things took off. Half the time I don’t know what’s going on or where I am. I spend too much time away. It’s probably not the right time [for a woman].”

The album in question is his successful 2011 studio debut, Black and White, which spurned tracks Traktor, Unorthodox, which featured British rapper, Example, (my favourite) Don’t Go and the latest offering Hush Little Baby featuring singer Ed Sheeran.

It also won him legions of fans and secured him a seat in the pop alumni. What it didn’t do, as expected, was win the Tottenham star any nominations at the BRIT awards earlier this year, which raised more than a few eyebrows. At the time Wretch said he spent “an hour of being angry about it,” but says he now feels “fine.”

“I’m over it now. I was a bit confused and I was trying to understand what had happened. I realised some things are just out of your control and not as straight forward as they should be. At the end of the day, the fans are happy with the music, we’re still touring and we’re still doing all right,” he said.

On Sheeran picking up the Best British Male and Best British Breakthrough Act at the ceremony, Wretch said: “He one million percent deserves to be there and deserves those awards. That’s the thing about award ceremonies. The majority of the artists do deserve to be there.”

Not one to languish in negativity, Wretch is back in the studio (hence the LA trip) and ready for a follow up to his critically acclaimed debut studio album.

“I’ve been quite experimental in trying some stuff. There’s definitely Wretch 32 music on there, but what I do is make sure it’s better and lyrically I’ve stepped up and the music has stepped up with me and so has the chorus level.

He added: “I’ve definitely made sure that the music is strong enough.” So what else does the future have in store for the proud fa-ther of two?

“Probably more children, I want a lot. You’re in the studio, make as much music as possible and then everything always happens on the back of music - I never planned for everything I have now. I would love to a little clothing situation. I’m getting into fashion a bit. I’m not sure yet, some nice menswear,” he said.

Hush Little Baby is out now through Levels Re-cordings / Ministry Of Sound.
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