The Godfather of grime and a legend of British music is gracing the cover of SoccerBible right now, as Wiley appears on the front of the football culture magazine.
A veteran of the London music scene and one of the founding fathers of the grime movement from the early 2000s up to present day, Wiley’s made no secret of his love for the game. Award ceremonies big and small have been attended by Eskiboy in a range of football tracksuits, with Athletico Madrid’s burgundy number being a popular and somewhat iconic choice from Wiley.
For young players in inner city London today and those on the come up around a decade ago, grime music was a soundtrack to football. Blaring out of Nokia phones and makeshift speakers, tracks like Wiley’s Wot Do U Call It? from his game-changing debut album, or grime companion Dizzee Rascal’s Boy In Da Corner, were heard around the cages and concrete pitches on which kids played the game.
As such, Wiley is a fitting cover star for the football-heavy publication, talking about music, politics and football inside the issue, discussing how they intertwine and how each has influenced his life. Furthermore, the music legend’s stance on football has once again showcased the cultural power of our sport.