Growing Over Life
Superior rhyme skills light up the Tottenham rapper’s scintillating third LP. Wretch 32’s ability to articulate conflicted thoughts with inviting detail and nimble wordplay make him one of the UK’s finest MCs. That continues here as compelling discourses on race and society (“Liberty”, the brilliant “Open Conversation & Mark Duggan”) sit alongside personal tributes to his family (“I.O.U.”). Musically it’s his most accomplished record too, sliding between grime, hip-hop and dream-state R&B with unshakeable confidence.