Wiley opens up on fall out with Dizzee Rascal
Wiley has opened up about Dizzee Rascal getting stabbed in Cyprus in 2003.
The Tower Hamlets-born grime rapper has revealed the 'Bonkers' hitmaker hasn't spoken to him since he was knifed six times in the clubbing holiday destination Ayia Napa, because he carried on the feud with "another crew" that led to the horrific incident.
He said: "The reason we haven't spoken for so many years?... Basically, me and Dizzee went out one night [in Ayia Napa] and there was some fighting with another crew - I won't say who, but basically everyone knows. Then the next day, I decided to carry it on - I didn't pull out a knife. I was just fighting... Well, after we started it up again, those guys came looking for us. But the person they found was Dizzee. The thing we done the next morning led them to go looking for us, but see him and stab him.
"Now I'm older, I can see: Dizzee in his head will always be thinking: 'I know we got into a beef. I know something started. But you lot carried it on the next day. If you had left it I wouldn't have got stabbed.' That is the reason me and Dizzee haven't spoken all these years."
The stabbing took place when Dizzee had just released his debut album 'Boy In Da Corner' and achieved his first chart hits 'I Luv You' and 'Fix Up, Look Sharp'.
Wiley, 37, regrets that the old friends don't speak and would love to work with the fellow grime pioneer, who he considers "a brother" to him, in the future.
He said: "I would work with him any day of my life if I could. I love him like a brother. There's no reason why we don't talk. We haven't got beef - remember, I was with him when he got rushed in Ayia Napa."
A reconciliation could be on the cards, since the 'Bow 3' rapper is set to bump into his old pal when they share the stage in August and Wiley says he was delighted to be asked.
He told Time Out: "I'm supporting him soon... Four days ago, my booking agent sent me a message - which said 'Dizzee Rascal' and then it was a picture of my face. I was like: 'WHAT?' and I looked and underneath it says 'Wiley supporting Dizzee Rascal, Bedford Park, August 5'. I just stopped and thought about all the reactions and I knew I'd get people going: 'Why are you supporting him? Does he support you?' Then I thought: F**k what people say! I just knew how happy I am to be supporting him. To even be on the same stage as him after all these years!"