Wretch 32: ‘Rappers Are Underrated As Songwriters’
Recently placed at the very pinnacle of UK MC’s by MTV, Wretch 32 talks progression, music as an art form and a general underrating of rappers as songwriters. “For me it’s just about bringing art to the forefront,” said Wretch on his new project ‘Renowned’, which manages artists the likes of George The Poet, Jacob Banks and Funny Tummy…
“I think everything else became way too important, like what TV slot you got or how much you sold,” he continued. “I think the main focus should always be on the art.”
To this effect, Wretch is known for his impressive lyrical content. “When I started writing I never wrote songs or wrote lyrics saying I want to write this lyric so it’s number one in the chart, I wrote the lyric because I wanted everyone who heard it to say you’re number one in my ears. That’s what always remains important to be because I care about the artistry.”
He goes on to express his grievances with the fact that rappers are often not the most respected songwriters. “I think that’s funny because it’s rare that you’ll find a rappers album that he hasn’t written most of, but you’ll find a singers album that they wrote none of,” he explains.
“To me, the work that the rappers put in is sometimes more than the singers but we don’t get the songwriting credit.
“I think it’s about time that we kind of shine the light on lyricism and really writing,” he concludes.
Words: Alya Mooro (@moorizZLA)