11 Jan 2020

Wretch 32 on masculinity, relationships and the power of mums

Social Affairs Editor and Presenter

He’s one of the most successful rap artists in Britain. Stormzy says he one of the best in the world.

Wretch 32, also known as Jermaine Scott, is famous for his painstakingly constructed, poetic raps and now in his new book he explains his craft.

Part literary criticism, part autobiography, Rapthology charts his life growing up on a tough estate in Tottenham, through his music – which tackles everything from masculinity to relationships.

He hopes the book shows young people from similar backgrounds anything is possible.

Jackie Long went to meet him to talk about lyrics, loss and the power of mums.