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A revelatory work of non-fiction from one of the most popular and influential musicians of today: part autobiography, part guide to creativity and part cultural history.

What makes a song work? What element causes us to stop, to listen, to listen again? Is it a melody? Is it a beat? Is it the words that are sung or spoken? Is it what they speak to in us? Is it a combination of all of the above?

Wretch 32 is one of the most influential musicians at work in Britain today. He is also a lyricist of unparalleled ability and an advocate of music as a tool to educate as well as to entertain. In an age of unprecedented social and political change, Wretch’s music stands as a medium of protest and of progress, helping to explain and shape a new era. 

Rapthology is an anthology of the songs that have shaped Wretch, and our society, over the last 30 years, from gospel music to dance hall anthems to the most innovative emerging young voices. Step by step, Wretch explains what each song means to him, why it matters and how it has become so popular - and so powerful. 

In Rapthology, Wretch also provides a lesson in lyric writing, taking us through his own creative process, from the first flashes of inspiration to final edits and improvisation. The result is a groundbreaking autobiography, a guidebook to the music that matters and an insight into the artistic practises of one of the most inspiring artists of a generation.

©2019 Jermaine Scott (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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Genius

Imagine one of your favourite musicians made one of your favourite books, well that just happened!!

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Jay

Amazing amazing amazing, This guy is a genius. Who know a man could put so much thought into his music. Was a fan of his music but having an In site to the meaning behind some of the bars that I always wanted the answer too, I now feel I understand and respect his craft even greater. Ps I have never wrote a review and have over 30+ books in my audio library says it all. Thanks for this wretch - what a genius!!!!!

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Wretch is the best in the UK!

So many deeper meanings behind some of this guys catalogue I weren't even aware of. I dont think anyone else in the UK can compare to Wretch!

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Goat

Wow. incredible lyricism and knowledge of language. I loved Wretch before but he's truly he is one of greatest of all time.

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amazing listen

I personally believe looks like this should end up in the school curriculum alongside the books that young in the city study they can pull more relevant out of looks like this in some of the stuff that study in school today

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Professor Wretch!

As a fellow lyricist I couldn't help thinking who's Wretch to come school me? As I listened I was like raaah there's some deep levels to this water and I may need to swim deeper. lool Salute! Profound yet relatable. Complexity wrapped in simplicity. I was officially schooled, no universitied. It made me appreciate his work to a greater degree and I am now going to stream his albums and listen a little closer. Well done sir. You're a treasure to the culture.

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Love this book

This book. I wonder whether it was as cathartic to write as it was inspiring to listen to. Uncharacteristically flowery words from me but how I feel.
Bought the physical book but to hear it read by the author is the icing. Listening to someone who enjoys words talk about how they use and create with them could work several ways for an author. This book feels full of integrity, intelligence, reflection and humour.
‘How can a spirit rise up when burdened with so much unfulfilled potential’ - not verbatim but close enough. This alone has sent an old person back to the classroom!

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Captivated me on every turn of the page!

Wow! not only do I love everything that (wretch 32) stands for & admire his efforts due to his passion of a writer & being a musician his intellect is on another level. il begin my review by saying am totally blown away by the detail & energy being put into this book, the realness was so deep that I felt was honest not to mention very moving. My favourite chapter has to be (love you like cook food) on a personal note I was really looking forward to this and it did not disappoint me.

It is fascinating to see the level of detail and thought that Wretch puts into each and every word and line.

The book is also very captivated & revealing on a level that was quite expected. The format worked well and gave me a new deep found appreciation to his true craft. I enjoyed how cleverly wretch had indulged his writing along with his verses of rap. Great read big up wretch 32 on his book! Ps (I personally liked the Audible version rather then the book only because the voice & rap brings the book alive!) By simp ree

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Bloody Amazing

Only half way through and I've learned so much about the process of writing a song. It's so in depth and I've learned more from this than any English teacher ever taught me

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Amazing!!

What a brilliant in site to a humbled artist at the top of his craft!