In a recent interview with U.K. outlet Sky Media, the Godfather of Grime opened up about his recent Twitter outburst that resulted in a ton of backlash from fans and a fallout with his management company. While he clarified he’s not racist, he apologized for “generalizing” but didn’t necessarily walk back his original sentiments.
“I’m not racist, I’m a business man,” he began. “I want to apologize for generalizing, number one. And I want to apologize for comments that were looked at as anti-Semitic.”
He continued on and later doubled down on his original comments, including his disdain for longtime enemy Drake.
“It’s systemic racism from their side!” he said. “What do you think? And that man [Drake] and a community of Jewish lawyers and thingy have made me feel that way. Yes they have. They’ve made me feel that way – not antisemitic; they’ve made me feel angry and upset because they are showing me the systemic racism and privilege that they’re allowed to use on us.”
In a series of since deleted-tweets posted July 24, Wiley likened the Jewish community to the KKK, among other things.
“Ther are 2 sets of people who nobody has really wanted to challenge #Jewish & #KKK,” he wrote. “But being in business for 20 years you start to understand [sic] why … Red Necks Are the KKK and Jewish People are the Law…Work that out. Get that anti semetic bullshit out of here and take @drake with you on god. Everything I am saying is the reason drake can’t have black excellence ….Ask Diddy or jay z.”
Nick Cannon has also come under fire for anti-Semitic comments recently and was fired from ViacomCBS as a result.
Watch Wiley’s full interview with Sky Media up top.