MELTDOWN Who is Wiley and what was his anti-semitic rant about?

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BRTISH grime rapper and musician Wiley is being investigated by police over accusations he posted a string of anti-Semitic slurs on social media. Wiley’s Twitter account has been temporarily locked while Instagram said it had deleted some of his content, after a series of inflammatory posts on both platforms on Friday (July 24) and Saturday (July 25).

Who is Wiley?
Richard Kylea Cowie Jr MBE – better known by his stage name Wiley and in his early career Wiley Kat – is a 41-year-old British grime MC, rapper, songwriter, DJ and record producer from Bow in east London.

He is considered a key figure in the creation of grime music and often labelled the “Godfather of Grime”. In the early 2000s, he independently released a series of highly influential “eskibeat” instrumentals on white label vinyl, such as the first in the series “Eskimo”.

He is also known for his material released with his crew Roll Deep, which also included early grime pioneer Dizzee Rascal. He has released a variety of solo albums, including his debut Trending on Thin Ice in 2004, which was followed up by Da 2nd Phaze in 2006 and Playtime Is Over in 2007.

Until last year, Wiley had recorded and released 14 studio albums since 2004.But he first became a household name and transitioned into pop music, when he entered the UK singles charts with the huge hit Wearing My Rolex in 2008, which was followed by Heatwave in 2012.\

In 2019, he scored a huge hit with Boasty, a collaboration with rappers Stefflon Don and Sean Paul and actor Idris Elba. Regarded as a pioneer in the British underground music scene with a prolific work rate he was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2018 New Year Honours for services to music.

What was Grime star’s anti-semetic rant?
Wiley shared conspiracy theories and insulted Jewish people on his Instagram and Twitter accounts, which together have more than 940,000 followers.

The Met Police said they were investigating the rapper’s tweets as critics accused him of inciting racial hatred. The force said in a statement: “We have received a number of reports relating to alleged anti-Semitic tweets posted on social media.

“The Met takes all reports of anti-Semitism extremely seriously. The relevant material is being assessed.” His management company, A-List Management, “cut all ties” – while Twitter banned him from the social media platform for seven days.

A screengrab of one of the Tweets posted by WileyCredit: Twitter
Wiley: proper set up
Wiley: Red necks are the KKK and Jewish people are the law, work that out
Wiley: In fact when I look around the whole mediterranean Sea, I can see the truth, I know the truth
Wiley: The system is literally corrupt

In one tweet he said: “I don’t care about Hitler, I care about black people”, and also compared the Jewish community to the Ku Klux Klan.

Reference: The Sun: 26 Jul 2020, 15:00Updated: 26 Jul 2020, 15:03