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Wiley (MBE) asserts his status as grime’s capo dei capi with Godfather II, leading the pack flanked by JME, Kyla, Scratchy, D Double E, Sinead Harnett, Shakka, and Wretch 32.
While Stormzy has risen to become the instantly recognisable figurehead for grime’s youth and raging BBC presenters, Wiley stays relevant on Godfather II with a varied set including a number of smart dérives into summer-ready Afrobeats alongside the usual grimy concerns.
Godfather II is evenly split between grime and more feminine pressures, catching Wiley spending the first half of the album letting off steam with his horror strings drill Been A While, the stripped down but playful tension of I Call The Shots, and the rowdy business of Bar, but allowing for a spot of nostalgic introspection on Remember Me, which effectively triggers a whole other sound for the rest of the album.
From the summer-ready swing of Certified feat. Shake, thru the dusky lean of Fashion Week, to the Afrobeats R&G styles of All The Time and his lushed-up dance-pop shot, Crash with Sinead Harnett, and ultimately the Tupac-styled Over The Edge with Kyla and Wretch 32, Wiley’s sweeter side is properly on show on here. These bits might not impress the purists, but they do show he’s genuinely in touch with inner city UK life in a way that’s not been filtered thru mainstream media, or requires a co-sign from Ed Sheeran.