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Wiley says The Godfather will be his final album (in theory)

By | Published on Tuesday 10 January 2017


Wiley is set to release his new album, ‘The Godfather’, this week. Assuming he doesn’t cancel it before then, it will be his final LP. Possibly. Just like his last two records.

“This is my last album, in theory”, he tells Noisey. “You know, Wiley the brand, you’re not going to see me trying to cane the arse out of tens of Wileys, you will not. I’ll always use my money to do other, smart things. Like, I’m never going to just be like trying to squeeze money out of stuff”.

It’s a very good interview, by the way. You should definitely read it. He talks quite frankly about his place in grime, his continued connection to the genre, the success of Skepta and Kano, his tendency not to turn up to things he’s supposed to be doing, and more.

But back to this album. What are his hopes for how it is received?

“You press play on it, listen to it, and when you get to track seventeen it finishes”, he says, bluntly. “Obviously, some tracks you’ll like more than others if you’re a normal human. But when you walk away, I hope you say to yourself, ‘You know what, he really is the Godfather… He’s not trying to say he’s the king or the prince or the librarian, he’s not trying to say he’s the guru, he’s not trying to say he’s the guy doing 25 to 30 years in jail for it. He’s saying he is the Godfather. He is the guy who treated this scene like a youth club and gave us all paths’. If you can walk away saying that then I’m happy. That was my only goal”.

So, hopefully that’s what we’ll all be saying to ourselves come Friday, when the album is out.