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Massive body of work. Variable quality. So how does one start?
I swear der' were 5 piez on dis table mang
If I had a couple of weeks to spend on the project!
this looks decent
there was a really good article on Fact once with the best Wiley tracks but I can't find it. I think with this kind of thing none of his albums or mixtapes in particular are amazing and you just have to dig around for all the best tracks.
here's the Fact piece
on a side note: does anyone know what happened to grime-tapes.com? I went to get some stuff a few months ago and the site no longer exists?
I can find an archive of it mind. I'll see if I can get any word from Slackk about it.
'Yeah mate it's dead. The domain lapsed & someone snatched it up'
this mirror still works tho: http://bit.ly/grimetapes
Well, 50, obviously. Some of them involve Wiley.
His discography is pretty hefty even if you only consider 'official' albums and becomes unimaginably vast when you factor in mixtapes, 12"s, radio sets and crew stuff like Roll Deep. He is also famously terrible at making consistent releases.
The FACT list is pretty decent and covers a lot of my faves but in terms of actual releases these are pretty much all excellent:
The Best of Tunnel Vision (compiles the best tunes from the tunnel vision mixtape series including some of his best work like Crash Bandicoot & Nightbus Dubplate)
Grime Wave (good melodic tunes, some proper 'songs' with decent choruses)
Race Against Time (probably his most solid release, wall to wall tunes with a few execrable exceptions)
Avalanche Music 1: Wiley (compiles all the best eski instrumentals)
Start with Rules & Regulations Vol. 1
In my experience he is wildly inconsistent both on records / mixtapes and from one day to the next.
I'm massively unqualified to answer given some of the other posters above but my recommendation would be to start with his debut album proper Treddin' on Thin Ice. It was my first introduction and what made me fall in love with him. It's said that it represents his trade-mark Eski sound which may have been done better on earlier releases and improved / developed upon later (I couldn't comment with any authority).
There's better Wiley stuff (and worse) but as an introduction I think it's representative of his quality, humour and sound.
Gives me some places to start at least!
He came and performed at my university... He played about 20 seconds of each of his songs, appologised because he said he had somewhere else to be, then he got booed off stage! Thats where he should have had to be, if there was something more important he should have just cancelled