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The Ascent

Wiley Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 April 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: WARNER BROS
  • ASIN: B00B5JC01C
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,228 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Ascent Intro 3:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. First Class (feat. Kano & Lethal Bizzle) [Explicit] 4:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Skillzone (feat. Ghetts, Griminal, Manga, Frisco, Double S, Scratchy & Big Shizz) [Explicit] 3:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Hands In The Air (feat. Tulisa & Ice Kid) 3:25Album Only
Listen  5. Reload (feat. Chip & Ms D) 3:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Chainsaw (A List) (feat. Wrigz & J2K & Kivanc) 3:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Heatwave (feat. Ms D) 3:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. So Alive (feat. Far East Movement) [Explicit] 2:54Album Only
Listen  9. Lights On (feat. Angel & Tinchy Stryder) 3:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Can You Hear Me? (ayayaya) (feat. Skepta, JME & Ms D) 3:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Tomorrow (feat. Megaman & Styalz Fuego) [Explicit] 3:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. My Heart (feat. Emeli Sande & French Montana) 2:59Album Only
Listen13. Humble Pie 3:45£0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

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The Ascent is the eighth studio album from grime pioneer, Wiley. The rapper collaborated with a huge list of talent for the album, including Far East Movement, Kano, Skepta, JME, Ghetts, Griminal, Manga, Frisco, Scruizzer, Double S, Chip, Wrigz, J2K, Ice Kid and Megaman, as well as Tulisa, Angel and Emeli Sandé. The album features the UK number one single "Heatwave" (featuring Ms D), as well as top five hits "Can You Hear Me? (Ayayaya)", featuring Skepta, JME & Ms D and "Reload", featuring Chip & Ms D.

BBC Review

Life is rarely dull with one-man drama magnet/record factory Richard 'Wiley' Cowie.

The Ascent is complete confirmation of that: the idiosyncratic east London rapper leaked this album before its release after a dispute with iTunes, simultaneously labelling it his penultimate full-length missive before hanging up his mic.

Despite a somewhat scattergun approach to quality control characterising a sprawling discography, among numerous nuanced pop crossovers Wiley has always maintained the gritty edge that made him a grime godfather.

That contrast is referenced in equal measure early on here, with a big and bashy twosome giving way to a brace of wider appeal.

First Class, featuring predictably spittle-splattered contributions from Lethal Bizzle and Kano, and grime MC posse cut Skillzone keep street kids and longstanding followers engaged. They're a bitter one-two intro to the sweeter pills of Hands in the Air (replete with forgettable Tulisa hook) and drum‘n’bass-flavoured, Ms D-helmed jaunt Reload.

Ms D returns for sunny summer 2012 smash Heatwave, hamstrung slightly by its comparative relic status. Indeed, having released an album more or less every year for the past decade, Wiley's ability to force the zeitgeist is arguably both his greatest strength and foible.

While keeping his music fantastically fresh and of the moment, this often causes a speedy ageing process. In short, don't put a nine-month-old single on a Wiley album, because he will have sonically rushed three-quarters of a year ahead of it.

His loveable eccentricities also render So Alive as the album's awkward bastard son. Linking up with LA pop-rappers Far East Movement probably scores maximum record label exec thumbs ups, but shoehorning American accents next to Wiley's unmistakably British flow feels like washing down a hotdog with a pint of real ale.

Still, by now Wiley has earned a free pass to follow his whims from time to time, however incongruous the results. Granted, this is a country mile away from the most coherent album of all time, but you can only hope that The Ascent's title continues to apply to Wiley's deserved trajectory as a genuine genre game-changer.

--Adam Kennedy

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good tracks, but... 2 Nov 2013
By Jakey
Format:Audio CD
Wiley's new album, The Ascent, pushes towards newer boundaries and has an offer with nice tracks, most club-bangers.

The album has stars like N-Dubz singer, Tulisa to hip hop/pop stars, Far East Movement.

Songs like Reload and Can You hear Me are club-bangers whilst laid back songs like Humble Pie and My Heart are ones listen to whilst you are sitting on the sofa, relaxing.

However, the quality of songs on here feel like a mixtape or a EP which can put people off to start with.

Overall, The Ascent is a good album/EP/mixtape/bleh to listen to if you like pop and grime mixes. Just don't be put off by the music.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good if you like that sort of thing! 19 Oct 2013
By Elisa
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Good Cd but shame he postponed his tour & I can't make that date so that has annoyed me. I hate it when artists do that.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good 29 July 2013
By Jam
Format:Audio CD
Good beats and good uk hip hop album 4 stars out of 5 worth a purchase brought for £6 on amazon
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Godfather's Final Ascent. 5 Jun 2013
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First of all, it is utterly heartbreaking (as a loyal grime fan) to hear that after this album Wiley will release one more album and retire as a solo artist. But by all means, Wiley will be leaving enough music for us to cherise when that day comes. In the past year alone he has released two albums and two mixtapes. But now to this album.

First of all, considering this album is aimed at a mainstream audience it is extremely pleasing, Grime wise. "Ascent Intro" I find to be one of the best songs on the album and find it utterly powerful. From there on, this album continues to be abundantly pleasing with songs "Hands in the Air" and "First Class" combining grime and pop excellently. Despite Wiley's absence from "Skillzone" the first half of this album is extremely pleasing to the grime fan in me.

Par "Heatwave", which I now find slightly annoying after months of constant plays on radios and television channels, the second half of this album remains to be nearly as pleasing as the first.
Admittedly, "My Heart" and "So Alive" aren't exactly the best songs on the album but guest features from international stars French Montana and Far East Movement is something to respect.

And finally, "Humble Pie". A song I fell instantly in love with when I first heard it on It's All Fun and Games Till, Vol.1. The combination of Wiley's introspective lyrics and Kid D's soulful production make this The Ascent's best offering and the perfect closer to what is overall a very great album.
Whereas Grime militants will probably only like "Skillzone" and "Chainsaw" (Both great songs), it can't be denied that Wiley has finally done the 'Mainstream Grime Album' thing right this time.
Long Live King Wiley.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Liked it 30 April 2013
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I didn't know what to expect but i was pleasantly surprised. good few catchy tunes aswell as a few more focused mainly on grime. Well worth a buy if you're into wiley
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