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Grime maverick Wiley unveils Godfather, his eleventh and according to recent interviews his last album ever. Featuring an all-star lineup both supplying bars and on production duties, trust Wiley to pull in the best in the game: Flowdan, Footsie, JME, Scratchy, Rude Kid, Dot Rotten, Darq E Freaker, Preditah the list goes on.
Following on from 2014's standout Snakes & Ladders album for Big Dada, Godfather finds Wiley on top icy form as always. The first single to drop, Can't Go Wrong picks up where Snakes highlight Badman left off, giving a nod to his crew over deep rolling subs and the tightest 9-bar spittin' in the game.
Bring Them All / Holy Grime with Devlin is peak time main stage Wiley, giving something to the sing-along crowd, while keeping Eski sounds buried in the mix for the hardened Wiley fanatics looking for some of that white label Eskibeat magic. Every track just bristles with the sort of bruking intensity that will have you pulling back each tune time and time again. Having been rinsing the CD for a few days now, we can honestly say this quite possibly the greatest record he has put his name to yet (and if you know what that means...!)
As ever, Wiley is an unstoppable force within the underground UK music and Godfather is further proof (if any was needed) that Wiley should be held in the ranks of those who have gone further than most to expel this unstoppable force of driving the scene they are in fwd.
If the Godfather truly is Wiley's last album (having retired multiple times in the past) it sees him bowing out, as always at the top of his and everyone else around him's game, a truly important recording for both Wiley and the entire grime scene.