Most people have quite mixed opinions when it comes to one of Grime's most legendary characters, and this isn't about to change with 'Playtime Is Over', what many consider to be Wiley's last chance to rack up considerable critical and sales success. Out on Big Dada Records, as opposed to being self funded like the MC's 'Tunnel Vision' series, this truly is Wiley's most significant 'last note', announced around the same time that the Grime old timer revealed retirement plans.
Opening with the first singles '50/50' and 'Bow E3', the LP immediately provides a strong dose of energy, with a trademark vocal and production style that has sparked a whole scene of supporters and imitators. 'Slippin' and 'Flyboy' continue along this vibe whilst 'Baby Girl' shows Wiley's more sensitive side as he talks about his recently born Daughter. We're not quite sure what to make of his forward thinking to her being on stage and performing as his 'mini me' though…
It's debatable whether the very familiar 'Gangsters' should have been included on what's meant to be a brand new album, but it's an enjoyable tune that sits amongst a lot of fan favourites. 'Stars' brings an incredible bass line, ideal for the biggest live jams around and 'Letter 2 Dizzee' offers the biggest discussion point, as an emotion and seemingly obsessed Wiley once again talks about the break up of his friendship with Dizzee.
'No Qualms' has a real underground vibe to it whilst 'Johnny Was A Bad Boy' is an entertaining tune with a story that demands to be followed. 'Nothing About Me' and 'Come Lay With Me' are two very reflective and laid back tunes showing another side to the many angles Wiley's character comes at. 'Getalong Gang' and the already scene classic 'Eski-Boy' provide a definitive example of how to do Grime well, whilst 'Playtime's Over' seals the envelope with a hint that Wiley could simply go on forever, with more consistent beats than probably anyone else in Grime, and a natural ability to rap well and drop exciting vocals, even when under the surface, there might not be much to say.