After some inexplicable delay, this past weekend saw Wiley unveiling his new LP Anti-Systemic, which comes with 12 tracks and additional features from Jme, Kozzie, Capo Lee, Scrufizzer, Faultsz, Queen Millz, and more. The project was also led by the singles “Tour Bus,” “Tinted Metro,” and “Ain’t Gonna Fold,” the last of which saw him re-assuring listeners that he would not be swayed:
“Send anybody, I ain’t gonna fold, all your little dead tactics, them are old, I can see through you, you’re a fake mold, and I can’t chat shit with you, I’m too cold...”
As the album’s title appears to allude to, the creation of Wiley’s latest comes in the midst of one of his biggest controversies to date. In July of last year, Wiley found himself under heavy scrutiny following posts directed toward the Jewish community, leading to his loss in management and a subsequent bans on multiple platforms. He apologized a week later, also stating that he not is racist.
Anti-Systemic follows last year’s Boasty Gang — The Album, a quasi-compilation project presumably spawned from the hit single “Boasty,” Wiley’s collaborative effort alongside Stefflon Don, Idris Elba, and Sean Paul. While those three didn’t actually appear on the album’s version, Boasty Gang still contained plenty of top quality assists from the likes of Riko Dan, Chip, Future, Nafe Smallz, Chukky Hype, and Dolapo. Prior to that, he blessed the masses with the third installment of his well-received Godfather series, another star-studded body of work with contributions from D Double E, Flirta D, Jammer, Manga Saint Hilare, Blay Vision, Big Zuu, Jammz, and more.
Earlier this month, Wiley was arrested on assault and burglary charges after allegedly attacking kickboxer friend Ali Jacko in his apartment. Today (Sept. 13), he appeared in London’s Thames Magistrates’ Court, who adjourned the hearing to allow time for Wiley to work on his case.
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