It’s a pretty proud day for all the people that have watched Wiley’s career highs and lows over the last decade or so, as the east London MC has finally scored his first solo number one in the Official Singles Chart with the summer anthem Heatwave, featuring Ms.D.
— Wiley (@WileyUpdates) August 5, 2012
After countless years in the industry, nine studio albums and helping to bring through a number of artists who have gone on to achieve huge chart success, it’s hard to believe the 33-year-old hasn’t reached the number one spot sooner.
In 2008 he came close with the smash hit Wearing My Rolex, but although the song remained in the Top 40 for 16 weeks, it peaked at number two.
His only taste of chart topping success has been as part of his grime music collective Roll Deep, for the tracks Good Times and Green Light. However, he has since admitted that he regrets recording these singles, as he felt that he had betrayed his grime fans and sold out to the mainstream.
Nevertheless, it looks like Wiley can now hold his head up high with the great success of Heatwave. And with so many of his fellow artists understanding what a milestone this is, Twitter has been flooded with congratulations’ for the Godfather of grime:
Congrats to @Wiley__ on the no.1 spot NOBODY deserves it more that him. Forefather for real.
— Kano (@TheRealKano) August 5, 2012
— Chip (@OfficialChip) August 5, 2012
Well done to Wiley on his first UK solo No.1 as well. Fair play to you mate
— example (@example) August 5, 2012
Big up @Wiley__ Number 1 spot!! Salute! You deserve everything u get bro
@wiley__! So pleased for ya :)
— Dotty (‘A.Dot’) (@AmplifyDot) August 5, 2012
@wiley__ for beating all the big label Pop acts to grab the UK number 1!!x
— MAX (@THISISMAXONLINE) August 5, 2012
— Mz.Bratt/Cleopatra (@BrattOnline) August 5, 2012
— Manga Saint Hilare (@rolldeepmanga) August 5, 2012
With Team GB doing us proud so far in the Olympics and now Wiley finally bagging that number one he’s been after for so long, it definitely feels like this has been a successful summer for us Brits.