WRETCH 32 ANNOUNCES NEW PROJECT LITTLE BIG MAN — OUT THIS FRIDAY

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 Wretch 32 returns with his sur­prise pro­ject little BIG Man this Fri­day 28th May.

 Lyr­i­cist, artist, author, entre­pren­eur, cre­at­ive dir­ect­or — Wretch 32 con­tin­ues to embrace new chal­lenges and cov­er an untrod­den path in a sin­gu­lar career that’s already 15 years deep. On his new pro­ject little BIG Man, the revered Tot­ten­ham multi-hyphen­ate show­cases growth in per­spect­ive and wis­dom; as both an eld­er states­man and a ver­sat­ile artist still clearly in his prime.

Nev­er afraid to step out­side of his com­fort zone, Wretch places him­self in the shoes of a teen­ager in order to con­sider the imme­di­ate issues that plague today’s youth, then zooms out to expose how these issues feed into the tra­gic cycle of incar­cer­a­tion that’s vis­ible from his cur­rent per­spect­ive. Across the empath­et­ic 9‑track concept pro­ject he exam­ines themes like incar­cer­a­tion, viol­ence and poverty.

 “I was try­ing to put myself in a 17-year-old’s body and try­ing to see how they feel,” he explains. “How does it feel to come out of pris­on at that age? What struggles do I face? As a seni­or, Im see­ing a pat­tern and a cycle and this was about me try­ing to under­stand their exper­i­ences.

Across the track­list Wretch calls upon a diverse range of voices includ­ing K‑Trap, Nafe Smallz, Tiggs Da Author, Kayy Kayy, Blade Brown, M Huncho, SL, Little Simz and Hen­rie Kwushue as a way of spark­ing layered con­ver­sa­tion around the com­plex­ity of these soci­et­al issues from mul­tiple points of view.

 In anti­cip­a­tion of the release, Wretch has released a short film dir­ec­ted by Edem Wornoo (Dave, Fredo) which explores the themes of the pro­ject across three acts. Draw­ing from little BIG Man’s nar­rat­ive, the piece fol­lows a prot­ag­on­ist as he returns home from jail and — left to bal­ance resid­ual trauma and anxi­ety with the pres­sures of being a pro­vider for his moth­er and sis­ter — finds him­self fall­ing into the cycle of reoffending.

With little BIG Man Wretch offers a thought­ful take on grow­ing up in the hood that very few could deliv­er: one that inter­twines youth­ful energy with a grown men­tal­ity and, offers wis­dom as a peer rather than a preacher.

Track list­ing:

01 The Beginning 

02 On My Life 

03 All White- Inter­lude ft K‑Trap & Nafe Smallz 

04 Take Care Of Me ft Tiggs Da Author 

05 Anxi­ety ft Kayy Kayy 

06 Pres­sure ft Blade Brown

07 Last Night – No One Can Relate ft M‑Huncho

08 Next Door ft SL & Little Simz

09 The Endz

Wretch 32 has played a pion­eer­ing role in the devel­op­ment of UK music — and par­tic­u­larly its resi­li­ent rap scene — across 5 albums, 2 of them UK top tens, and over 165 mil­lion streams glob­ally. He’s a respec­ted col­lab­or­at­or of some of the biggest artists in the world, includ­ing Ed Sheer­an, Burna Boy, Anne-Mar­ie, Stormzy, Lab­rinth, Emeli Sande, Giggs and more.

In 2019 he released his debut book, Raptho­logy: Les­sons in Life and Lyr­ics, which merged ele­ments of auto­bi­o­graphy and cul­tur­al his­tory with cre­at­ive guid­ance and, was called “ground-break­ing” by The Inde­pend­ent. That same year he released his fifth album, Upon Reflec­tion, which was praised for tack­ling sub­jects centered around police bru­tal­ity and grief, while being son­ic­ally experimental.

Last year Wretch joined the newly launched 0207 Def Jam label as Cre­at­ive Dir­ect­or. “I believe that when music is your call­ing, you have the abil­ity to prove it in mul­tiple aren­as and now Im look­ing for­ward to see­ing pro­jects through a dif­fer­ent lens, cre­at­ive dir­ect­ing and A&Ring,” he said in a state­ment about the role.

He’s also partnered with Frank­lin Boateng to launch Green Machine, the UK’s only dis­pens­ary net­work for high qual­ity CBD health goods, can­nabis oils and CBD super foods in Shoreditch.

 

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Rishma Dhaliwal

Edit­or / PR Con­sult­ant at No Bounds
Rishma Dhali­w­al has extens­ive exper­i­ence study­ing and work­ing in the music and media industry. Hav­ing writ­ten a thes­is on how Hip Hop acts as a social move­ment, she has spent years research­ing and con­nect­ing with artists who use the art form as a tool for bring­ing a voice to the voice­less. Cur­rently work­ing in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media know­ledge to I am Hip Hop and oth­er pro­jects by No Bounds.

About Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal has extensive experience studying and working in the music and media industry. Having written a thesis on how Hip Hop acts as a social movement, she has spent years researching and connecting with artists who use the art form as a tool for bringing a voice to the voiceless. Currently working in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media knowledge to I am Hip Hop and other projects by No Bounds.