Like his solo debut, Treddin’ on Thin Ice, Playtime Is Over is a collection of quick bursts with Wiley’s sophisticated raps trampling his simple, repetitive rhythms in a battle for speed. Unlike Treddin’, though, there’s no standout humor like that on “Pies,” about his insatiable craving.
Instead there’s an R&B-tinged tribute to his daughter (“Baby Girl”) and “Letter 2 Dizzee,” which lets his former Roll Deep recruit and junior rival know that Wiley’s still ahead. His light production job finds few decorative touches – the frantic string additions on “My Mistakes” and beat-synchronized gunshots on “Johnny Was a Bad Boy,” for two. The record picks up momentum toward the end and concludes with hidden instrumental track “Where’s Wiley?”
Playtime Is Over is currently available.