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Wiley: young artists lack loyalty


OUTSPOKEN ARTIST Wiley says that some of his fellow MCs “turned their backs” on those that helped them find fame.

The Wearing My Rolex hitmaker, who was instrumental in shaping the careers of grime MCs including Dizzee Rascal and Chipmunk, insists that he always helped to develop artists from the good of his heart, and not because he expected anything from them in return.

However, the 32-year-old, who’s dubbed ‘the godfather of grime’ feels that some of the stars he’s mentored would do well to remember the assistance he gave them.

“Some of the youths…they know that all I’ll ever do is help them,” Wiley told The Voice. “They know it. But what they do is get into their new position and then turn a blind eye – turn their backs on those that helped them.

“I would leave a record deal for one of my young artists. I’m not asking any of them to do that for me. But if I’ve done 10 features for you and you don’t do anything for me, I don’t think that’s right. And I don’t wanna have to draw that stupid card of reminding people how much I used to do for them.”

He added: “If I help someone, I don’t do it because I want help from them in return. That’s not my motive. But if I do help you, I think it should be a natural thing for you to help me if you can. If you don’t, I’ll remember that.”

The east London MC, who recently released his new album 100% Publishing, admitted that it may have been naïve of him to expect loyalty from artists in a business as competitive as the music industry.

But he insists that he has no plans to step aside and let the younger stars enjoy all the fame.

“I’ve learned a lesson where that’s concerned,” he says. “Maybe that’s what I was put on Earth to do; use all my money to build something and then let others run on with it. But I’m not gonna give up and say, ‘I can’t do this anymore coz the young ones have come through.’ No way.”

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