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Wiley reveals his Godfather 3 album is "not dancehall" but "more grime-led"

24 May 2019, 16:12 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Wiley has revealed that his upcoming album, The Godfather 3, is "not dancehall", but "more grime-led".

Speaking to NME at yesterday's Ivor Novello Awards ceremony - where he won The Ivors Inspiration Award - Wiley gave some more details about his upcoming album and biopic.

On The Godfather 3, Wiley explained, "It’s not dancehall, it’s more grime-led. I’ve got a fanbase of grime kids and a fanbase of single buyers and I’ve just got to cater to them both at different times. I need to sit down and work that out."

He added, "There will be loads of guests. I can’t tell you know because I’ll let the cat out of the bag, but it’s about who means something today. I could have done a grime album with my mates from 20 years ago, but I made sure I didn’t do that."

Just over a year ago, Wiley revealed that a biopic was being developed by Pulse Films and BMG. Giving an update at yesterday's ceremony, Wiley said, "The movie is really good, everything is ready to go. They’ve done casting and little bits but I think they’re really going to hit it off after July. The film is really scary, because when you go back and look at your life to present it, you’re like "Oooh! OK!" But I’m open-minded. I’m hoping people can relate to what I’ve went through. It’s going to be as English as it can be. I love the Hollywood thing, but that’s not my place. I’ve got to keep it like Only Fools And Horses."

Expanding on who might play the lead role, Wiley said, "Maybe I’ll play myself, but if I get cold feet maybe I’ll play myself. It needs to be someone East London. Idris Elba could be in the movie and play someone else, but not play me. I’d like to do something with Idris on Luther."

Wiley's new album The Godfather 3 is expected to land on 13 September. He plays Clapham's South West Four festival in August. Find out more.
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