Wiley, hailing from East London, UK, is known as the godfather of grime and is one of the strongest artists on the grime scene. Now dropping a new album Godfather II, it is interesting to see the direction he is going with his unique style.
This is an interesting start to this album. The beat to this track is strong and is a good mix of grime beats and orchestra backing. His lyrics are based around bragging about his ability with grime and wanting to take things back to where he started. This is a strong start I just wish this track was full length and not just an intro.
Been A While
Been A While was released as a single prior to the release of this album. It is a banger and fully shows off what we expect from Wiley both in lyrical ability and song production. The production value of this track is solid it is a trademark Wiley beat combining wild drum loops and choppy choir backings. The lyrics to this song are fun and revolve around being older within the grime community and therefore having more experience and wishing to take that experience back to where he came from. An amazing track.
I Call The Shots feat. JME
This track was also released as a single prior to the release of this album, and is even more of a banger than Been A While. The beat on this track is a lot more dirty and is more akin to other heavier grime beats. Wiley speaks about being the boss within the game and being able to do as he pleases. He has been doing this for a long time and has earned respect within his community. JME adds a lot to this track with his fun and punchy lyrics, they are full of funny puns yet still fit this beat amazingly. Another superb track.
Bar feat. Scratchy & D Double E
This is a track that I have mixed feelings about yet is undeniably sick. It sports a heavy synth filled beat with strong lyrical ability throughout. I particularly enjoy D Double E as an artist as he is very different to all other grime artists and never fails to add something special to a track, here is no different. The only thing that I feel lets down this track is the chorus which in my opinion is fairly weak.
Remember me starts off with string instrument loops which is a nice change of pace and is joined by slower bassy backings. This track as a whole is much slower than Wiley’s usual tracks. He talks about his past and how he came to be where is. He also mentioned how he used to have run-ins with the police which I liked.
Certified feat. Shakka
I found that Shakka was an interesting choice for a feature but it definitely works here. This track has a more dance feel to it, which is different but in no way bad thing here. A fairly standard song about falling for a girl, but fun nonetheless.
I am not a massive fan of this track, it is very slow and has a weird feel to it. It just really isn’t my vibe, but is still a track that feels at home within this album.
After a few slower tracks we smash back into another solid bassy grime track, Tracks like this is why I love Wiley as an artist. He talks about trends and how he does what he likes and tends to set trends in the process. The production value to this track is on point.
All The Time
This is another odd inclusion to this album. It has a good beat with lyrics talking about succeeding no matter the odds which are on point here but the auto tuned chorus just throws it off. This is by no means a bad track but I just can’t bring myself to love it.
This is a strong album as a whole but tracks like this I feel really take it down a peg. It has a jaunting beat with pop like dance vocals. It is just dull and feels really out of place which is a shame.
If Drake was a Londoner this is the song that I feel he would produce. This is a good track that is enjoyable to listen to but feels very different to what is expected from Wiley. I like this change of pace though and fits well on this album unlike some earlier tracks.
Over The Edge feat. Kyla & Wretch 32
A solid finish to this album, I love the beat to this song and all the lyrics from both Wiley and both of the features. The production value is beautiful, with quick snappy drums, piano loops and an angelic sounding backdrop. All three of these artists work amazingly together and have created a superb track that tops this album off with style.
Godfather II is by no means a perfect album but even with its flaws it manages to achieve something special. Wiley manages to try new things and challenge the title of godfather of grime. He refuses to let his name become a stale part of grime history and forces himself to stay relevant in a new age of music. I highly recommend this album and Wiley manages to keep the crown of godfather.