Interview: Wiley

‘He may not know it, but I am his number one fan,’ says Wiley of his former friend Dizzee Rascal.

Following his Inspiration Award win at the 2019 edition of The Ivors yesterday (Thursday), The Godfather of Grime took the opportunity to pay homage to his former prodigy following a year’s long feud.

‘Without him I wouldn’t be here. He may still be here, but he wouldn’t be there. It’s like ying and yang we are, and there’s nothing I can do about it,’ he explained of their complicated relationship.

The East London MC also paid homage to his dad and revealed that the award was a chance to give back to his father, who is also a musician.

Wiley is commonly credited with laying the foundations of the grime scene that has supported the rise of newer acts like Skepta and Stormzy.

From his debut, 2004’s Treddin’ on Thin Ice, through to his most recent release, 2018’s Godfather II, he has combined faultless underground credentials with commercial understanding.

Earlier hits like Wearing My Rolex and the number one smash Heatwave paved the way for Godfather, which became his first album to reach the top ten in the UK.

We caught up with the grime star straight after he collected his award to get his view on his biggest achievements and what he has lined up for the future. Dig in…