Wiley - 'Godfather'

8/10

Since grime has once again found itself as a solid part of the UK's music scene, it only makes sense that one of the genre's originators delivers another dose to show the new school how it is done. Yet after ten studio albums, most of which coming out less than a year apart, Wiley has announced that this new full-length will be his last. While we are still sceptical that one of the most prolific names on the scene could give up cold turkey like that, his eleventh studio album 'Godfather' certainly sees him bow out on a high.

While Wiley's beats are always creative in their approach, unlike many others names in grime today, the producer/MC has kept the direction of this new release fully focused on the UK sound. It seems that knowing he wasn't looking to follow this up in any way has left him looking to leave a legacy, and it is one that looks to culminate all the aspects and influences of grime into one 17-track release.

Filled with guest names from throughout the years, 'Godfather' seems to have been made as a lasting homage to the genre that he helped inspire. It's simple, high-tempo and, most of all, full of energy. If this truly is the last we are seeing from Wiley, as far as albums go, then he has certainly left us wanting more.

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