Godfather

Wiley - Godfather
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2017 Ratings: #152 / 717
User Score
Based on 190 ratings
2017 Ratings: #139
January 13, 2017 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
NME

With features from current genre dons Devlin, JME, Frisco, Flowdan and, of course, Skepta, it feels like a celebration of all grime achieved in 2016.

80
The Guardian

With grime now back in the zeitgeist, his demeanour on this blockbuster album is of a foreman nodding with satisfaction as he looks across a building site – if they’re not already guesting on it, Wiley is praising his fellow UK MCs almost every other bar. 

80
The 405

If Grime’s resurgence was missing anything, Godfather has gone some way to being the final ingredient by evoking the limitless energy that the genre was built on.

80
Clash

Wiley is as at-home as ever delivering countless punchlines, boasts and perhaps most importantly, reflections on his time as an artist.

80
AllMusic

Simply put, Godfather is a solid hour of what Wiley does best. The album is energetic, triumphant, and constantly thrilling. The rhymes are brash, confident, and direct, and the beats are tough yet intricate and playful.

80
The Needle Drop

Godfather is a grime album with a potency level only a vet such as Wiley could provide.

74
Pitchfork

Ultimately, Godfather is a thoroughly enjoyable record, one that manages to leverage grime’s elemental sounds in a way that feels vital and forward-looking. Sure, its peaks might not be quite as high as those of Konnichiwa, the record that it’s bound to be measured against (Skepta’s mastery of the massive, shout-along hook continues to give him an edge). But for anyone who’s ever rooted for Wiley, it’s a deeply satisfying listen.

70
Crack Magazine

All in all, Godfather does deliver as Wiley’s biggest statement in some time, but also as a symbolic passing of the baton.

60
Exclaim!
It's a solid effort, but at times the beats become so uniform that the project borders on tedium.
BuffaloStaple
44
Unbearably obnoxious beats, basic repetitive flows and awful features plague this album and stop it from being as enjoyable as it could be. It's also way too long, and whilst here are a few bangers on this project, and some catchy hooks too, I just can't see myself revisiting this again. In my opinion, Wiley doesn't do a good job of writing engaging songs at all, this isn't a creative or diverse album, Wiley exemplifies everything I don't like about grime music on too many of the tracks here. ... read more
liammenzies
82
One of the strongest Grime records I’ve came across, Wiley may have returned to the genre he helped from its early days a bit late to its recent breakthrough. That being said, he brought back certain elements from his pop rap career that help Godfather to stand out from your run of the mill album in this field: technically gifted and packing fantastic wordplay, Wiley easily outshines all his features which sadly does hinder the overall quality of this record but when he’s on top ... read more
max2k
99
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Inglume
85
Grime at its best. Thanks Wiley.
83
83/100
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Track List

  1. Birds n Bars
  2. Bring Them All
  3. Name Brand (feat. JME, Frisco, J2K)
  4. Speaker Box
  5. Back With a Banger
  6. Joe Bloggs (feat. Newham Generals & President T)
  7. Pattern Up Properly (feat. Flowdan & Jamakabi)
  8. Can't Go Wrong
  9. Come Home
  10. U Were Always (feat. Skepta)
  11. On This (feat. Chip, Ice Kid, Lady Leshurr & Ghetts)
  12. Bait Face (feat. Scratchy)
  13. My Direction (feat. Lethal Bizzle)
  14. Like It Or Not (feat. Breeze)
  15. Lucid
  16. Laptop (feat. Manga)
  17. P Money Remix (feat. P Money)
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