Day 27 | Wiley - Grime Wave (2008)
For an album called 'Grime Wave', this one's pretty far from grime. Sure, it has its moments, such as tracks like Local Lad or features from dons like Flowdan, but otherwise I find this release to be pretty weak.
I'm all for weird beats and experimenting, because when it works, it's amazing. But Wiley's effort on this album is evidently lacklustre. There's so much filler and non-worthy material on this album. I distinctly remember downloading this album thinking it's gonna be amazing - after all, it's called 'Grime Wave', right? I was so, so wrong.
I had debated including weaker albums or mixtapes on this list, thinking that they might not be worthwhile, but I think it's important to touch on these, too, as they're clearly a part of what made grime what it is today. I can't pretend like Wiley didn't put out some shit tunes - even if he's one of the best, it's proof that grime is constantly evolving and growing up.
But yeah, this album also had a pretty hard act to follow - its predecessor, Playtime Is Over, is one of the best grime albums of all time in my opinion, and prior to Grime Wave, Wiley had put out some questionable material.