The grime MC repeats a claim made about his two previous albums.
Wiley will finally release his new album Godfather this week and according to a new interview it will be his last.
“This is my last album, in theory,” he told Noisey in a new profile. “You know, Wiley the brand, you’re not going to see me trying to cane the arse out of tens of Wileys, you will not. I’ll always use my money to do other, smart things.”
This isn’t the first time Wiley has announced his retirement. In 2013, he said The Ascent would be his last before retiring in 2014. That year he released the album Snakes & Ladders and made a similar claim. Wiley has threatened to cancel Godfather on multiple occasions, previously calling the album “pointless”.
Elsewhere in the interview the MC weighed in on the recent work of his fellow grime veterans, Skepta and Kano. He called Skepta’s Konnichiwa “the right album for what this guy [Skepta] was trying to do and where he was trying to sell it.”
As for Kano’s Made In The Manor, Wiley felt it was “the wrong album to be made by him at a time when grime was in fashion.”
“If grime is in and it’s popping, and you can see Stormzy and anyone else bringing it back, and you’re so good at it, you could have just given a fifteen track grime classic to follow up Home Sweet Home,” he said, calling the record “a good Damon Albarn album”.
While he had mixed feelings about the release as a grime album, he stressed that he “loves” and means no disrespect. Later when asked about the best MCs to come at him, he calls Kano the best “live in the flesh, face to face”.
The MC also commented on whether there would ever be a BBK group album, but says it’s up to Skepta (who he wryly refers to as “the Wiley of BBK”).
Wiley’s Godfather is out January 13.