18. WILEY – THE GODFATHER (2017)

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“Oi big up Wiley, man haffi pay homage to the Godfather, yeah?”

Stormzy hit the nail on the head in his track ‘Know Me From’. If you like Grime then you have to pay homage to the Godfather, right?

Despite being described as a reckless soul by many, Wiley has been credited with creating possibly one of the newest and uprising genres since the Internet disrupted the world as we know it. A true entrepreneur of the music world, therefore, I had to include him in my favourite albums of all time.

Although this is his 11th studio album, I have included this as one of my favourites due to the track ‘Bring Them All / Holy Grime’ featuring fellow grime artist Devlin. This is one of those tracks that is just right on a number of levels and is potentially one of my favourite tracks of all time.

Grime is known for its simplistic and repetitive beats and instrumentals and this follows that theme. However, its the vocals that are the centre of attention. The lyrics are clever, the flow is infectious, and this grips the listener from the very first vocal.

RECOMMENDED TRACKS

‘Bring Them All / Holy Grime (feat. Devlin)’

‘Can’t Go Wrong’

‘Name Brand (feat. JME, Frisco & J2K)’

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