The Godfather of Grime, Wiley has released his highly anticipated 13th studio album titled ‘The Godfather 3’. The 41 year old east Londoner also announced that he will be retiring, although these is not the first time he has announced his retirement.
Wiley earlier these year got in a feud with Stormzy for aligning with Ed Sheeran on his track ‘Own It” also featuring Burna Boy. Wiley went on to call out Sheeran for being a grime culture vulture, Stormzy responded on twitter, labeling Wiley as a “crackhead.” Wiley’s “Eediyat Skengman” diss-track soon followed without delay, Stormy returned the favor with ‘Disappointed.’
The MC addressed the feud during a conversation with The Guardian’s Dan Hancox, he also spoke about the album and retirement. Take a look below.
“We’re over it now,” Wiley said about his feud with Stormzy. “I’ve spoken to Stormzy, I’ve got love for him. I just wish he hadn’t jumped in the way to defend Ed; that’s the only reason it happened. Ed Sheeran, England’s golden boy – he can use you, but you’re not allowed to use him.”
In talking about the dissonance between the industry and the grime scene, Wiley said “I’m trying to help.” He continued, “Some of the stuff I do seems like nothing at the time, but then when a star comes from it you’ll realize. The people in the top of grime, they don’t even wanna be grime, do they? They wanna be hip-hop! So this is the perfect time to work with new MCs who love grime, because I’m on my way out.”
The MC also announced that he was retiring, potentially his nearly two-decade-long career. “I’m 41,” he said. “I don’t want to try and fit in with kids. I just need to not let my genre die on the way out […] If I’m the last one left doing it, and it’s so dead and it’s so washed, then that tells you the f*cking truth about the genre,” he laughs. “I am grime!”
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