Earlier today, Alex Wiley unleashed a set of visuals for “Thug Angel,” the first single off his debut mixtape, #ClubWiley.
I’ve been following Wiley for over a year now – several months before his appearance on Chance The Rapper‘s #10Day (which coincidentally dropped this day last year) – and have been highly anticipating a project from the fast-rising spitter since.
“Thug Angel” is a heavy, hard-hitting track powered by that infamous Odd Couple production, and the Elevator-directed video is fittingly loud. This release does a good job of polishing Wiley’s image and hinting at the transition soon to come as a result of his work with the Chicago-based independent label, Closed Sessions, through which #ClubWiley will be released.
Perhaps the highlight of the record is the bridge halfway through that revives Wiley’s perhaps most well-known line to date: “Titties in my phone, from a bitch that is not my bitch,” from he and Kembe X‘s “Dollar Please.”
“Thug Angel” is a solid record and an overall impressive first release. I’m very excited for the tape and to see how Wiley’s future with Closed Sessions unravels.
Stay tuned for more.