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Wiley is still a racist…and no one cares

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Wiley is back in the headlines. The MC and self-styled “Godfather of Grime” (grime is a rough and ready music genre with roots in UK garage, hip hop and jungle) is once again spewing his racist anti-Jewish filth on Instagram and Twitter, despite having all his social accounts suspended last year following a series of racist outbursts.

Largely anonymous outside the UK, domestically Wiley is a big deal. He’s a pioneering musician with multiple industry awards and a prestigious MBE award from the Queen. He’s a major influence for a whole swathe of popular British artists and even greater numbers of fans.

He’s also got previous when it comes to lashing out at people in person and on social media. In fact, only a couple of months ago he was arrested for physically attacking a friend and then failed to show up in court for his hearing. But last year his occasional personal spats with individuals crossed a whole new line when he started abusing the Jewish community as a whole.

As a big fan of his music, this was particularly hurtful. I wrote about it back then and ended up releasing a new song for the first time in a decade discussing Wiley’s racism. It was even more hurtful because his hateful tweets were being amplified by his vast numbers of followers, many of whom were themselves leading artists. Among grime musicians, he was almost unchallenged. Notably, and to his huge credit, P Money, another long time grime MC and producer, did call him out on several occasions.

Meanwhile, eventually, the........

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