Look alive! The Godfather of Grime MBE, has come to do battle! Wiley kicked off war season with this tweet ‘The war has officially STARTED’, this morning, followed by a link to his new war dub, ‘Flip The Table’ via old Grime platform ‘Sendspace’ (though the track can be found on soundcloud), aimed mostly at Dizzee and Skepta, throughout, with a direct address to BBK (explained further down).
Jheeeeze this one’s colddddd! If you love Grime this is it, wrapped up.
The history of beef between Wiley and Dizzee is 15 years long. It began in 2003 when Dizzee ended up being stabbed, by a gang that were looking for Wiley. Since then there have been attempts by Wiley to dead it, where he has claimed he has love for Dizzee, still, but these are always rebuked by Dizzee. There have been Twitter feuds between the pair, where each accused the other of old rumours, such as sex with a minor, and sexual assault, respectively, as well as a thinly veiled send from Dizzee, about Wiley on his song ‘Space’, from his album Raskit.
But today it looks like Wiley has had enough of trying to do the right thing, and of being humble, and what pitched him over, is the betrayal he currently feels coming from members of the Grime crew BBK, that he was until very recently a member of, and in particular Skepta.
Skepta and Dizzee have recently collaborated on a riddim for Dizzee’s ‘Don’t Gas Me’ EP ‘Money Right’, which was released in October, and Wiley’s reaction was clearly one of shock and disbelief at the apparent parade of disloyalty. When listening closer to Dizzee’s verse and closing outro on the song, it appears to be another indirect, ‘I ain’t forget about you, check me out sliding into your crew, I don’t talk, I do’.
Well that was apparently enough and Wiley has snapped! I am here for it, a million %. Even more Grime history in the making from the creator himself, still. Still!
The production on the riddim is a vibe all on its own, starting with a heavy, funky synth melody, and several vocal samples, taken from Wiley’s Instagram rants (from a few days after Skepta and Dizzee’s release), the melody drops out and the tune comes in harder with a deep, low, horn synth bassline, as Wiley starts spitting, this is accompanied in places by a lighter flute synth, and we get a punchy kick/snare pattern with continuous, offbeat hihats. The melody and bassline are interchanged, or doubled up in places, throughout.
The bars and flows remind us why Wiley is the Godfather, with bang on point delivery, and a unique ability to find the empty space in a track, creating a bassline/melody himself, Wiley outlines his current take on the situation.
The first bar let’s us know where Wiley is ‘This looks like a set up here’, he feels nothing else can explain what has happened, and goes on to outline that he will not take a table flip (turning his bruddas against him) quietly, and since he’s the OG, it doesn’t matter if the table flips or not. He shares that he’s letting his ‘rebellious’ side take the floor, and that since he’s the Don anyway, so everyone’s catting him, still.
He goes on to say that he’s riding solo, because he’s sick of the fakes, a reference to the fact that Skepta made the riddim with Dizzee at all, considering he has always backed Wiley in the beef. After which, he reminds both MCs how many man he’s brought to eat at the table, and how he started the whole ting they’re all eating off, in the first place.
Later he addresses the rumours Dizzee keeps bringing up, as a clear sign that he must hate Wiley, but then he reminds him that he’s not the Godfather, and states he’s not nearly as loved or creative. Next he calls Dizzee right out, saying he ain’t afraid, and he ain’t ducking noone; ‘Your not a killer, you’re a table flipper/Boy in the Corner, Grime scene quitter’, in reference to Dizzee ‘s threat on Twitter to kill him, and his foray into pop, before closing out the section with that classic Wiley humour ‘I will slap you in the head with one slipper/I will slap you in the head with two slippers’.
Wiley takes a Stormzy bar next, and bends it to suit himself in an apparent address to Skepta and BBK, ‘They’re like Wiley shut up, but I can’t shut up/you act like a pagan, the whole crew fuck up/Whole crew fuck up, but I don’t fuck up/I will never follow this boy, cause he’s stuck up’, about the recent collaboration with Dizzee , and details that it shocked him, but he feels he’s caught all the way up now, and he asserts Dizzee must be breading Skepta.
Next Wiley turns his attention back to Dizzee, and says that while he may be sitting in Wiley’s spot currently (with BBK), and may have managed to make his own brothers ‘tiptoe’ around him, he will never be the Godfather, he will never be Wiley. He reminds Dizzee one more time that he created the thing Dizzee is trying to beat him with, by stating that he can learn and adapt, and always do it better than him, still. He finishes with the reminder ‘Manna icon’, ‘I’m the setman’.
This war dub has put Wiley right back at the front of Grime, present and correct, outstanding, for real.
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