Wearing My Rolex
‘...Rolex’ debuts a new look for Wiley. Gone is the lean, hungry, street warrior, replaced by a happy-go-lucky grime playboy: he is, in short, chasing skirt. Produced by Eskibeat newcomer Bless Beats, the track itself is a neon-coloured house beat wrapped up in bendy synths and pneumatic bass – a world away from grime’s snappy aggressiveness. It’s relaxed in a way that grime’s not: the sound of success, rather than of struggle. But Wiley, you feel, couldn’t echo the lazy materialism of American hip-hop even if he tried. Sure, he’s flashing his watch, sipping his champagne – but here’s the thing: he’ll give it up in an instant for the next fragrant young honey who makes him go weak at the knees. Amusingly, it’s already been set to a video of Paul McCartney and Heather Mills on YouTube, while The Sun reports Wiley didn’t appear in the video because it featured girls dressed as foxes, and he’s scared of them… hmm. Let the mainstream celebrate their new chart darling, then. But don’t forget, this acclaim is long deserved.
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