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The title suggests Wiley’s blazing new sonic trails but this double album is more about refinement and consolidation. “Scar” and the title track echo and tweak the clattering, hypnotic sounds of 2004 debut Treddin’ On Thin Ice, while “Boom Blast” locates the sweet spot between electro brutalism and club-ready dance grooves. Introspection and humor continue to set Wiley apart from other MCs—underlined by the simultaneously playful and poignant “Cheer Up, It’s Christmas”.

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Wiley has been doing it for a long time and putting out tons of great music. This is his best project to date. You won't be disappointed. LIFE AT SEA, EVOLVE or be EXtINCT, YA WIN SOME, YA LOSE SOME, and ONLY HUMAN are my favorites. But, honestly, every song B A N G S !!!!!


Born: January 19, 1979 in London, England

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Quite possibly the key player in U.K. grime -- though he called his knotty, brittle style "eski" or "eskibeat" -- producer and MC Wiley (born Richard Cowie) came up as a member of Pay as U Go Cartel, and was later a founding member of Roll Deep Crew. Much of his best and most crucial early work as a producer trickled out as white-label vinyl releases and free downloads. After Treddin' on Thin Ice (XL, 2004) and Playtime Is Over (Big Dada, 2007), a pair of strong albums, Wiley made a controversial...
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