Catch Wreck

Hailing from Boston Massachusetts and coming into being on the 24th of January in the year 1989, Catch Wreck grew up on the streets of Roxbury’s Egleston Square. He drew influence from the record shelves of his parents, particularly the works of Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, James Brown, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane. As he grew older, he would become inspired by such artists as Public Enemy, Rage Against the Machine, Poor Righteous Teachers, Wu-Tang Clan, M.O.P., Redman, Busta Rhymes, Big Puninsher, Pharoahe Monch, and Dead Prez. With an understanding that everything is political he began studying the works of Malcolm X, Marcus Garvey and Che Guevara. It was at this point in the 7th grade he began to explore hip-hop’s origins in a political context.

He immersed himself in all elements; B-Boying as early as 5th grade, joining the graffiti scene in 9th and 10th grade before finding his calling as an MC. His first performance took place at the Timilty Middle School. Bathroom ciphers during lunchtime provided him an opportunity to hone his skills and develop his develop his talent.
At age 14 he met Public Enemy while they were shooting a video in Boston. He was granted the opportunity to travel to Long Island and record for the first time. R&B singer and PE affiliate, Kyle Jason took it upon himself to guide Catch in his early years of development.

Catch drew from his experiences, both good and bad, and aligned himself with the struggle faced by people of color. He is a life-long soldier for the cause. His music comes from the reality faced by its listeners and sheds light on what it means to not simply be a youth of color in the world today but also to be a voice of dissent in an industry of artists willing to place marketability before self-respect and integrity.

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