This Friday (August 6), Wiley is expected to release his latest LP Anti-Systemic, along with other cool merchandise in support of the project. Last month, the grime legend kick-started the momentum with “Tourbus,” an Olja Beats-produced effort that proved Wiley hasn’t lost a lyrical step. Just before said album’s arrival, he adds to that with “Tinted Metro,” another top quality drop that sees production from Silencer — the veteran beatsmith also known as Teddy Music. The track continues Wiley’s stream of consciousness with bars about his current mental state and more:
“I’ve had enough rest already, sittin’ in the studio vibin’ with Teddy, all of the bullshit, I don’t want any, ‘cause my mind feels clear and my heart ain’t heavy, ask what I feel, I might tell you semi ‘cause you don’t wanna hear it in full, you ain’t ready, friends of the world, I ain’t got that many, TV license, what damn telly...”
Those truly familiar with Wiley’s discography can remember when the self-proclaimed godfather dropped off his debut LP Treddin’ on Thin Ice — back when he referred to the grime as eskibeat. That project was released in conjunction with XL Recordings, and — in addition to receiving critical acclaim — has since earned Wiley a gold certification in the UK. Since then, the East London native has liberated a slew of classic bodies of work with varying degrees of experimentation, including Playtime Is Over, See Clear Now, Race Against Time, 100% Publishing, Evolve or Be Extinct, The Ascent, and Snakes & Ladders. In 2017, he released Godfather, an essential return to straight grime that became his highest-charting album to date, landing him within the top ten of UK’s Official Albums chart. Two more entries into the Godfather series made landfall in 2018 and 2020.
Check out “Tinted Metro.”