Kano & Mikey J - E.T. ft. Wiley, Wretch 32 & Scorcher

Every time I listen to a UK track I can’t help but wonder what an American hip hop fan would think listening to it, and it’s rarer than I like that I’d think “yeah, they would go crazy for this”. This is one of those rare times.

Initially I was put off by the auto-tune laden hook we hear as the track opens, and I had put it down to a typical experimental track by Kano, but don’t let it put you off, skip to 1:16 if you have to. Kano spazzes out and sounds hungry, which follows from his previous instalment of this Not 4 The A List weekly multimedia series by him and Mikey J. Wiley follows it with a decent verse, though the lack of his presence hinders it somewhat (the “INSERT WILEY HERE” lettering in this vid is poignant). What also hinders Wiley’s verse is what follows from Wretch 32, which by even his standards is an extremely high quality Wretch verse, with the Mayweather lines a particular highlight. The approving look Kano gives Wretch as he closes out his verse genuinely made me laugh out loud. Scorcher finishes the track off with his verse and you can’t help but feel this is a passing of the torch moment (it can’t be denied that he hasn’t seen the same level of success that the other 3 artists have done so yet).

An excellent track which is available for free by heading over here and giving them your email address.

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Wiley-No Church In The Wild Remix

Arguably the best track on Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch The Throne, Wiley is the first big name to jump on this terrific production as he throws a verse in alongside th0se on the original version for an unofficial remix.

A fairly decent verse too from Wiley as he brings a solid flow with on this bassy production, alongside flashes of quality with his lyrics, although they would have surely benefitted from a more emotional, intense delivery to add some real credence to a few of his more introspective lines. Still, it’s an enjoyable contribution to a fantastic track and certainly doesn’t affect the natural progression and momentum of the track.

Jay-Z and Kanye West-No Church In The Wild Remix ft. Wiley and Frank Ocean

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Wiley and Ed Sheeran-If I Could Video

From Wiley’s upcoming Wiley Presents Jay Weathers ‘The Producer’ project, this is a very enjoyable all-rounder with OTU favourite Ed Sheeran tagging along with some vocals.

Huge fan of the production here, with an atmospheric yet isolated vibe that lends itself to the introspective raps of Wiley, as well as the relative desolation of the Kingston-shot video. The video is a great fit for the track, with Wiley’s loneliness in the bright sunshine being poignant, particularly amidst scenery changing from nature to grittier images, almost mirroring the diversity of this very track’s harmonic production and honest raps.

Those raps are enjoyable from Wiley, and for all his various misdemeanours away from the mic, it’s difficult to dislike his product when he comes through with such solid, well-delivered bars. Ed tags along with some soft, mellow vocals that synergise with the entire package of raps, production and video to round off the track superbly.

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Lethal B-Pow 2011 ft. JME, Wiley, Chipmunk, 2-Face, P Money, Ghetts & Kano [Video]

Finally we get the official video to the 2011 version of a grime classic! This track seems to have run of steam as of late, which is why it was a little frustrating waiting for them to get this video out there, but maybe the buzz will build up again now.

As you can see from the behind the scenes video (click here), all these guys had a lot of fun filming this and it’s great to see the genuine rapport they have. One disappointment was that Wiley didn’t come through and make an appearance for whatever reason (I’m going to assume time constraints!). Each artist has their own little role in the video and it’s certainly a vid that enhances the song (which some people were originally underwhelmed with).

Enough talking, go watch the visuals to the left of this post, and if you like what you hear go grab the audio from clicking on this glorious bit of red text.

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Lethal B-Pow 2011 ft. JME, Wiley, Chipmunk, 2-Face, P Money, Ghetts & Kano

Another huge Grime track that dropped last week on the radio which also features a big line-up, with the likes of JME, Wiley, P-Money, Ghetts & Kano being highly rated here at OTU Towers.

The original Pow came out back in 2004 and was an instant classic in the genre. A fair few people have been disappointed with this new version of the track, which is understandable considering how epic the original was. There’s a lot of good quotables on this track though and is certainly one I am enjoying. Hell, I can even respect Chipmunk’s verse on this. Set to be released in December, (Christmas #1 anybody?) expect a video to drop soon. CDQ of this track available below.

Lethal Bizzle – Pow 2011 ft. JME, Wiley, Chipmunk, 2-Face, P Money, Ghetts & Kano

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Quickblast: Wiley - Tell Ya For Free

Some new music from Wiley for your ears. Grime fans rejoice, this isn’t a mainstream pop-type track.

Wiley – Tell Ya For Free

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Sunday's Classic Collabo: Dizzee Rascal / Wiley

Keeping with our recent commitment to bring you the best in the UK urban scene I’m bringing you a rare collaboration between foes Dizzee and Eskiboy.

So we’ve seen how the two fell out, now it’s time for us to see a time when they were buddies. Lifted straight from Dizzee’s classic Boy In Da Corner we have a grime-infused track laced with undeniable chemistry between the two. Although there are a few more joints with both MC’s teaming up (various Sidewinder parts for example), this is pretty much the only proper, official track where they can be found together.

This joint, like the album, was so ahead of its time. It was born at a time where ‘grime’ was still a word only used to describe something dirty and not only the UK scene, but also the U.S., wasn’t quite sure how to take it. Dizzee spits his characteristic, punchy rhymes whilst Wiley delivers one of his most memorable verses with irresistible hunger. It pioneered a whole industry which was only beginning to emerge and is held amongst the grime community akin to how U.S. hip-hop holds Illmatic.

Dizzee Rascal (feat Wiley) – 2 Far

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Wiley - The Great Music Giveaway!

“I jus want everyone to know I make music day and night.” Is how Wiley simply puts it, and he certainly proved that last night where he himself leaked almost 200 of his own tracks that he’s made….for free. That’s right, after sacking his manager on Twitter last night which led to the label no longer wanting to support his upcoming album, Wiley zipped up all of the tracks he’s done for them and uploaded all of them for all of his followers on Twitter to have, for free. Around 11 zip files in total, you’d be mad not to take advantage of this.

This has caused a lot of frenzy on Twitter and the media today, the question is, is Wiley insane? Or a marketing genius? Probably a bit of both. Two different links below that have the full story and links to all the zip files of his music for you. Seriously around 200 tracks, legitimately for free – what are you waiting for!?

TeamSupreme Music


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Hate Is The New Love: Dizzee Rascal vs Wiley

Right. I’ve wanted to do this for weeks now, but it’s just been about finding the time to do it. It’s been the most difficult HITNL I’ve written to date because although there are rumours and stories around how the beef came about, there is not one universally accepted point of view. Therefore not only have I had to use my knowledge I have collected over the years, but I had to do extensive research in order to supplement and fill in the gaps.

To the U.K. Grime scene, this was our version of the Jay/Nas beef although we are still waiting reconciliation from the two. Wiley has taken strides to repair broken bridges, but more about this later. Let’s get into things.

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We Can Do It Too: UK Hip-Hop

I hold my hands up and admit my knowledge on UK hip-hop isn’t what it should be. What I do know however is that much of it is still embroiled in the underground movement and bar a few exceptions (Chipmunk, Tinchy Stryder, Dizzee Rascal and Wiley) much of it is actually pretty awesome and has begun to take its own direction from that of the U.S.

I’ve been LOVING this track since @RupeshB got me onto it a few months ago.

Clever video (particularly at the end with the POV scenes) and really heavy, hard-hitting lyricism and production from the one-time Terra Firma member Kyza.

Kyza – Fight Klub

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Something Of A Megapost

I’m on holiday for the next two weeks so you’ll have to put up with the rest of the OTU team (unlucky). However…I have found time to collect together a silly amount of tracks over the past week or so for you guys to tide you over while I’m away.

So click on for a mainstream hip-hop fix from the likes of Joe Budden, Royce Da 5’9″, Bun-B, Young Jeezy, Nipsey Hussle, Wiley, Sean Kingston, Drake, Young Buck, Tinchy Stryder, Devlin, Giggs, Tinie Tempah, Jay-Z & Jim Jones.

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New Wiley

Some new Wiley here, he seems to have carved out a good career for himself moving from grime to a more dance type of music. In fairness he’s doing it well as this video shows.

If you like what you hear grab the mp3 for this below.

Never Be Your Woman ft. Emile Sandé

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