Wiley critical of 'backwards' list and claims black artists are getting 'bumped'
A new list profiling the most powerful figures in Britain’s black and urban music scene has been met with a backlash after Ed Sheeran finished first.
BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Power List was revealed yesterday (July 11) with Sheeran (pictured above) selected by a panel of industry experts assembled by the UK’s leading black music station as the most important UK artist in the scene. In addition to Sheeran, both Sam Smith and Disclosure also earned high placings in the list.
Tinie Tempah was the highest placed black artist on the list with Fuse ODG, Naughty Boy, Emeli Sande and grime duo Krept & Konan all inside the top ten. The Power List was voted for by a panel of 1Xtra DJ’s including Twin B, Yasmin Evans, Sarah-Jane Crawford and DJ Target plus a panel of industry experts.
Explaining the reasons behind Sheeran’s place, DJ Yasmin Evans stated: “Having just his music in mind and disregarding anything else that we may have considered for other artists there is so much power in what he produces & writes that this alone holds so much power.”
Despite Sheeran, Smith and Disclosure having claim to wide-ranging influences, there has been a backlash to the list on social media with Wiley, ranked Number 16 in the list, claiming that black artists are being “bumped” out of place and stating that 1Xtra’s list was “backwards.”
In a series of tweets posted after the publication of the list, he wrote: “We influence a man and all of a sudden it turns he has influenced us. England music industry is backwards. God bless those who try. People think I am mad. I am not mad, I can just see skull duggery from miles away. We have been bumped basically. Not taking anything away from Ed, he is sick. But black artist in England, we are getting bumped.”
@1Xtra That list is the saddest list in music history.
— Wiley (@WileyUpdates) July 12, 2014
1Xtra’s Power List top 20:
1. Ed Sheeran
3. Tinie Tempah
4. Sam Smith
6. Emeli Sande
7. Naughty Boy
8. Katy B
9. Krept & Konan
10. Fuse ODG
11. Boy Better Know
12. Rita Ora
13. Lethal Bizzle
14. DJ Fresh
15. Jessie J
18. Laura Mvula
19. Wretch 32
20. Dizzee Rascal