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As usual, this U.K. rapper refuses to be confined by expectations as he messes with the grime aesthetic he helped create more than a decade ago. Wiley’s wordflow surges across diverse sonic terrain, touching on jittery jazz rhythms (“Miss You”), shivery electronica (“Scar”), and percolating Pac Man beats (“I’m Skanking”). When he chooses, he can deliver party anthems without losing his oddball panache, as “Boom Blast” shows. Most importantly, Wiley hasn’t lost his sense of humor after years in the trenches of the music-biz wars. Personal manifestos like “Money Man” and “I’m a Weirdo” reassert his stylistic links with such zany ska toasters as Sir Lord Comic. The droll, spoken-word skit “Customs” both plays for laughs and sets up the scathing dance floor track “Immigration.” Whether he’s going for the jugular (as in the rapid-fire “Welcome to Zion”) or the funny bone, Wiley revels in his own foibles and excesses without apology. Evolve or Be Extinct is an act of defiance against stale music modes, grime included.

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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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