Godfather Selecta

Reviews from the 6, Selecta

One thing that is apparent with this album is the quality of the lyrical content. Wiley is not playing games. A pioneer of grime he sets the bar for his bars – literally.

For a sick review of Godfather by Jesse Bernard  for Complex click here it’s pretty accurate.

And here is my homie Ian McQuaid in an exclusive interview with Wiley talking about the future of Grime, his legacy and being blocked on twitter by the legend himself.

In November I saw Wiley perform in Manchester at the Warehouse Project and I’ve copped tickets to see him at the Roundhouse on February 9th for the Godfather Show. If you haven’t done so already get on it. Go on then go on then. It will be blessings on blessings.

Here are some of my favourite bars from each track. Lyrics for lyrics calm.

Birds n Bars

“Most of my gyal dem are cool but some of them are divas”

Man get weak off a gyal like Julius Caesar”

“I’m like Nike, I do it, I come through with a swoosh

“You’re plain and I’m the loaded nachos              
I played the game for long on my cash flows”

Bring Them All

“I’m nang and I know it
Pass me the mic, I’ll show it”

“If I wanna bring 25 MCs out
I’ll bring them all”

“Wanna talk grime? Then I’m still the one
All of the doubt, that’s gone
Why? Because I’m the lyrical don”

Bring Them All/Holy Grime feat Devlin

I posted about his track in October Ngl one of the hardest opening lines to a track

“Drink ‘nough beers before the game, what d’ya call that? Georgie Best MC,
Listen, I don’t rest MC,
You man sleep, that’s why you’re not the best MC,
You man are part time, never had beef,
Now you’re on the mic like a bulletproof vest MC,
I’m a double, precious Tek MC”

“Come sailin’ along like a boss
With the flow I’m like rah, what the ras?”

Name Brand feat JME, Frisco & J2K

The features on this are mad. The instrumental is grimey af reminiscient of nokia days.

“That’s the gameplan
The thug dem rate man
The gyal dem rate man
Frisco’s a name brand
And where I come from, the police all hate man
Haters hate cuh they ain’t man”

“Is that cool? Well, that’s swell
Do you feel me? Well, that’s braille
I’m like a high street store to the gyal dem
Who can’t keep their hands off the name brand sales”


Yo, hear me on the sets ’cause I grace ’em
Me and Dizzee made it an occupation
Came from a council estate, I know ’em all, you can name ’em
I was outside in the cold it was rainin’
Standin’ on stairs chattin’ shit about the pagans
Nuttin’ don’t phase us, nuttin’ don’t phase ’em
You got a top boy on your side? Nobody rates him

Skepta comes in on the outro:“There’s no point in sayin’ these numbers to us anymore because we’ve seen them, yeah. So now everyone’s head’s on puttin’ this thing on the map in a way that all the kids of today never have to go through what we went through”

Back With A Banger

“Backstage chillin’ in the dance with my dargs dem

None of them are fake, you can ask them

People who are lookin’ a hype, I walk past ’em

Dons could be richer or poor, I won’t class ’em

Dons could be ready for war, my bars spark ’em

My sound travels the seas, that’s why I part ’em”


 Joe Bloggs feat Newham Generals & President T

“Oi, remember when Sharon Stone opened a leg,
Man are old school like Bill and Ted” – D Double

“Man ah man are old school, two strap FILA” – Footsie

“When I was a kid, I went so many house raves
Somebody always came through with the leng”

Pattern Up Properly feat Flowdan & Jamakabi

“My darg, remember your manners
Cuh mi nuh tek tough talk, rise every cannon
Slap one out of the rooftop
We mek dem scatter when they say they wanna group up
Bumbahole dead, tell a man move up
Alright then, shut down, shop and then roll out” –

“I’m a lyrical phenomenon

When I’m on the riddim, ain’t nobody badder than this

I’m honey, lemon and overproof rum

You’re just a likkle Lemsip”– Jamakabi

Can’t Go Wrong

“I used to go and get what I’m given,
Now I go and get what I’m worth”

“What’s gwaning? What’s the motion?
Fresh out the oven like a Sunday roast”

 Bang feat Ghetts

“Culture vultures, they owe us,
Oh, now they know us?” – Ghetts

“If I send for an MC,
Then man better reply tonight, not a week late,
If a man can’t move on from the war,
Right after it, bro, that’s a weak trait”

U Were Always Pt 2 feat Skepta & Belly

“Told me that you were at home sleepin (liar!)” – Skepta LOL

“All the fights and the hype got a G stressed out but I can’t lose sleep,
But this time I know that’s it’s over, bare more tings in the sea” – Belly

On this

I’ve shown you already what a string of luck brings
Don’t matter about your upbringin’”

“Top grime dons are the livest
All the fans come through and decide this
History’s written, I ain’t gotta rewrite it
Man are the elite, bro, we ain’t gotta hide it”

“Got a way with the words, haters wanna rain on my turf
‘Til I take ’em away in a hearse” –
Ice Kid

Bait Face feat Scratchy

“I walk in the place like, “Everybody’s better than me
Hmm, sike”, yeah, that’s hype”

My Direction feat Lethal Bizzle

“Yo, my name’s Wiley, I’m grimy
I’m too shiesty, you won’t get beside me”

Like It Or Not feat Breeze

“Like it or not, I was at the start
You was sayin’, “Stop dat”, we was in the dance”

“Man are on the street with MACs, knives and Glocks
And dons gettin’ ran down, chased round blocks
Dons gettin’ skied by multiple shots
Dons gettin’ kidnapped, dons gettin’ robbed
That’s why I tell a don, “Just go get a job”


“All these days in a month
Tryna get everythin’ done
When I try do too much
I don’t get anythin’ done”

“I wanna see my genre where it belongs
It’s gettin’ bigger, are you hearin’ the songs”


“Let me tell you how man got here,
Started off with the cracked software,
All them plugins made man”

P Money feat P Money

“I tell a don it ain’t funny
That’s why I practice, so I stay on point like P Money”

“First ten years, G, I was on a block hype
Some MCs are alike but I’m not like”
“None of them, and I’ve had wars with a ton of ’em
Nobody’s ever gonna do what we done again”

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