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100% Publishing [Digipak]
1. Information Age
2. 100% Publishing
3. Numbers in Action
4. Boom Boom Da Na
5. Your Intuition
6. I Just Woke Up
7. Wise Mand and His Words
8. Talk About Life
9. Yonge Street (1,178 Miles Long)
10. Pink Lady
11. Up There
12. One Hit Wonder
13. To Be Continued
14. Music Not the Money - (featuring Leah Miller)
15. [CD-ROM Track]
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): CDDADA180
Recording information: Cherry Beach Studios, Toronto; Tour Bus.
Photographer: Spencer Murphy.
It must say something about the state of hip-hop in the 21st century that whereas rappers used to brag about the size and number of their platinum chains and luxury SUVs, they are now starting to brag about their prowess at contract negotiation. (What exactly this development says about the state of hip-hop may be unclear, but it must say something.) For Richard Cowie, aka Wiley, contract terms are just one more topic out of left field that acts as grist for the high-speed grind of his lyrical flow. Others include existential search queries ("Some days I'm asking God/But then the Internet is quicker") and just plain existentialism ("Wise Man and His Words"). Even more important are the beats, which are absolutely all over the place, from the lurching grime of the title track (the deeply unsettled groove of which Wiley rides with aplomb) to the brilliantly spare and funky "Yonge Street (1,178 Miles Long)" and the nervous "Your Intuition." Other than the droning and lyrically banal "I Just Woke Up," virtually everything here is excellent. Even "Pink Lady" works, despite the fact that it's built on a 6/8 rhythm. Maybe one rapper in 1,000 can rap effectively in 6/8, and Wiley is one of them. ~ Rick Anderson
Spin (p.80) - "With Wiley's vocal attack as sharply acerbic as ever, 100% PUBLISHING is a boldly independent declaration."
The Wire (p.55) - "[T]he beats on 100% PUBLISHING are often great, a set of slick variations on ravey, laser-guided halfstep."
CMJ - "Wiley uses an array of sounds to sculpt his beats, drawing from the grinding whine of a dubstep-y bass, hollow industrial drums, the zap of a laser, the trill of a synth, a few keys on a piano."
Q (Magazine) (p.112) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he album's obvious sense of purpose -- Wiley handling all the production and MC duties -- makes a refreshing change..."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.100) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[Wiley switches] from underground sounds to Top 10 hits by way of diversions like the skittering avant-garde oddness of 'I Just Woke Up.'"
Pitchfork (Website) - "The title track reasserts Wiley's original DIY success story, and 'Your Intuition' makes admitting past diversions and future changes into a sign of strength..."
Clash (magazine) - "[S]olidly written, produced, vocalled and recorded entirely by Wiley himself....The highlights on this album can easily stand proud alongside any previous output."
Uncut (magazine) (p.104) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "He's still his own muse, his raps reflecting on everything from his legacy to the minutiae of daily life..."
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