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Just one of the laugh-out-loud lyrics on grime kingpin Wiley’s booming, swaggering, long-awaited new album: “I’m not a lager lout / But I’m still throwing bars about”. The whole album…

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Back in February Wiley scrapped ‘Snakes & Ladders’, tweeting “needs to be epic or there’s no point”. He made the right decision. This 10th album is undoubtedly epic, built on…

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The best of the many instrumental grime tracks Wiley has uploaded onto SoundCloud this week. Jittery, hyperactive, creative: it’s textbook. Using the word ‘reload’ in the title is poignant too,…

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Wiley, the undisputed king of the British urban underground, has been an unstoppable force in music for over a decade, since he first popped up as ringleader of the Roll…

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Who is Chip? Why on earth would anyone call themselves Chip? I wish Wiley would get back to doing his USTREAM channel. That Ko-Lee noodles video was brilliant. This song,…

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One of the many thrilling things about grime is its rapid evolution. These days you’re as likely to hear it while walking round a shopping centre or at and Olympic…

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I t’s easy to forget, particularly when electronic music is enjoying a rich and exciting period of flux as it is right now, that sometimes it’s nice to just opt…

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If you think pressing up a few CD-Rs of your music and selling them to your mates makes you a DIY pop star, run your eyes over the resumé of…

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“When you hear the name grime, I am the meaning”, brags Wiley, but for once, the puffed chest is justified. He invented grime after all – and then, instead of…

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If any one man could be said to have invented grime, it’s Wiley, east London producer/MC who mentored Dizzee, inspired everyone from street kids to Nathan Barley scenesters (hello, Hadouken!)…