15 Songs, 47 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The invention and addictiveness of Wiley’s electronic productions have made this debut a much-followed blueprint for UK grime. He prefers to call his sound “Eskibeat”, nodding to its hard, icy edges, but it’s a label that does his rapping a disservice. Whether he’s searching for love and understanding (“Special Girl”) preaching self-help (“Pick U R Self Up”), or trying to dissipate beefs (“Reasons”), Wiley’s wit and warmth make him one of grime’s most engaging figures.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The invention and addictiveness of Wiley’s electronic productions have made this debut a much-followed blueprint for UK grime. He prefers to call his sound “Eskibeat”, nodding to its hard, icy edges, but it’s a label that does his rapping a disservice. Whether he’s searching for love and understanding (“Special Girl”) preaching self-help (“Pick U R Self Up”), or trying to dissipate beefs (“Reasons”), Wiley’s wit and warmth make him one of grime’s most engaging figures.

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