Black and White (Wretch 32 album)

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Black and White
Black and White (Wretch 32 album) cover.jpg
Studio album by Wretch 32
Released 21 August 2011 (2011-08-21)
Recorded February 2010 — May 2011
Genre
Length 58:24
Label Ministry of Sound
Producer Future Cut, Rachel Moulden, Paul Heard, Nutty P, TMS, Shell Shock, Labrinth, iSHi
Wretch 32 chronology
Wretchrospective
(2008)Wretchrospective2008
Black and White
(2011)
Growing Over Life
(2016)Growing Over Life2016
Singles from Black and White
  1. "Traktor"
    Released: 16 January 2011
  2. "Unorthodox"
    Released: 17 April 2011
  3. "Don't Go"
    Released: 14 August 2011
  4. "Forgiveness"
    Released: 11 December 2011
  5. "Hush Little Baby"
    Released: 27 May 2012
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
BBC Music (favourable)[2]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[3]
The Independent 4/5 stars[4]
NME 5/10 stars[5]

Black and White is the second studio album and major label debut by British hip hop recording artist Wretch 32. The album was released in the United Kingdom on 21 August 2011 through Ministry of Sound, debuting at #4 on the UK Albums Chart with first week sales of nearly 25,000 copies.[6] The album follows his independent debut album, Wretchrospective, which was released three years earlier, in 2008. The album spawned six singles over the course of eighteen months, all of which peaked inside the UK Top 50, including three top five singles, and a number one single, "Don't Go". The album includes collaborations with Ed Sheeran, Daley, Etta Bond and Example.

Singles[edit]

  • "Traktor" was released as the first single released from the album on 16 January 2011. It peaked at #5 on the UK Singles Chart, becoming the third most successful single from the album. The track features vocals from L Marshall and was produced by Yogi.
  • "Unorthodox" was released as the second single from the album on 17 April 2011. It peaked at #2 on the UK Singles Chart, becoming the second most successful single from the album. The track features vocals from Example.
  • "Don't Go" was released as the third single from the album on 14 August 2011. It peaked at #1 on the UK Singles Chart, becoming the album's most successful single. The track features vocals from upcoming musician and songwriter Josh Kumra.
  • "Forgiveness" was released as the fourth single from the album on 11 December 2011. It peaked at #39 on the UK Singles Chart, becoming the least successful single from the album. The track features vocals from Etta Bond, and was produced by Labrinth.[7]
  • "Long Way Home" was released as a single from the album on 14 February 2012, in promotion of the track's featuring artist, Daley. It was ineligible to chart on the UK Singles Chart, and was simply released in the form of a promotional music video.
  • "Hush Little Baby" was released as the fifth and final single from the album on 27 May 2012. It peaked at #35 on the UK Singles Chart, due to little promotion. The track features vocals from singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran.[8]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Black and White" Jermaine Scott Parallel 4:01
2. "Never Be Me" (featuring Angel) Scott • Sirach Charles The J.F.L.O.W.S • Wizzy Wow 3:32
3. "Traktor" (featuring L Marshall) Scott • Yogi Tulsiani • Thomas Christopher Temilaye Rosiki-Griffith Yogi 3:47
4. "Please Don't Let Me Go" Scott The J.F.L.O.W.S 3:45
5. "Unorthodox" (featuring Example) Scott • Iyiola Babalola • Darren Lewis • Example Future Cut 3:23
6. "I'm Not the Man" (featuring Chipmunk and Angel) Scott • Charles • Jahmaal Noel Fyffe Parallel 4:24
7. "Anniversary (Fall in Love)" (featuring Alex Mills) Scott • Alexandra Kollantai Mills Nutty P 3:44
8. "Sane's the New Mad" Scott • Eshraque Mughal • Charlie Bernardo iSHi 3:28
9. "Forgiveness" (featuring Etta Bond) Scott • Timothy McKenzie Labrinth 5:06
10. "Long Way Home" (featuring Daley) Scott • Babalola • Lewis • Gareth Daley Future Cut 3:56
11. "Let Yourself Go" Scott The J.F.L.O.W.S • Wizzy Wow 3:53
12. "Don't Be Afraid" (featuring Delilah) Scott • Mughal • Paloma Ayana Stoecker iSHi 3:28
13. "Hush Little Baby" (featuring Ed Sheeran) Scott • Ed SheeranIain James • Tom Barnes • Pete Kelleher • Ben Kohn TMS 3:56
14. "Don't Go" (featuring Josh Kumra) Scott • Rachel Moulden • Josh Kumra Paul Heard • Rachel 'Maiday' Moulden 3:58
Notes
Sample credits

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Irish Albums Chart[9] 86
Irish Indie Chart[10] 7
Scottish Albums Chart 7
UK Albums Chart[11] 4
UK R&B Chart 1

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Ireland[12] 21 August 2011 CD, 2CD, Digital download Ministry of Sound
United Kingdom[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ O'Brien, Jon. Black and White at AllMusic. Retrieved 10 September 2011.
  2. ^ Patterson, Joseph (16 August 2011). "Review: Black and White". Retrieved 10 September 2011. 
  3. ^ McPherson, Alex (18 August 2011). "Review: Black and White". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 10 September 2011. 
  4. ^ Gill, Andy (19 August 2011). "Review: Black and White". The Independent. London. Retrieved 10 September 2011. 
  5. ^ Cardew, Ben (5 August 2011). "Review: Black and White". Retrieved 10 September 2011. 
  6. ^ http://www.musicweek.com/story.asp?storyCode=1046399&sectioncode=1
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 26 October 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-10. 
  8. ^ Corner, Lewis (30 March 2012). "Wretch 32, Ed Sheeran confirm new single 'Hush Little Baby'". DigitalSpy. 
  9. ^ [1]. IRMA.com. Retrieved 26 August 2011.
  10. ^ [2]. IRMA.com. Retrieved 9 September 2011.
  11. ^ http://www.officialchartscompany[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ Black and White by Wretch 32 - Download Black and White on iTunes
  13. ^ Black and White by Wretch 32 - Download Black and White on iTunes