Ed Sheeran Responds to Wiley's Claim He's a "Culture Vulture"
The feud started when Wiley called out Sheeran for using Stormzy on his track "Take Me Back to London" last week, with the song reaching No. 1 in the U.K. Wiley claimed that Sheeran was using grime artists for his benefit, but that the relationship wasn't reciprocal.
Wiley said that despite appearing on Sheeran's 2011 No. 5 Collaborations project, the singer didn't return the favour when Wiley asked him to appear on a song after he found mainstream success.
"Listen, we helped that guy get into the picture," Wiley told 1Xtra Breakfast Show host Dotty last week. "I done something for him — 'You'. It's on his album, isn't it? So when I went to do my one I was told, 'You can't do this, Ed can't do the video. You can't use Ed', basically."
Wiley added, "He didn't want to stand up to his label — he folded. I knew life wasn't fair, but I didn't know it was this unfair."
He also implied that Sheeran's 2012 hit "You Need Me, I Don't Need You" took aim at him and grime artists, saying, "I'm mad at Ed Sheeran because he said, 'You need me man, I don't need you.'"
Sheeran has now responded to Wiley's claims, sharing a note on Twitter.
He denied ever saying no to making a song with Wiley after their No. 5 Collaborations track "You," and clarified that he did appear on Wiley's track "If I Could," and only ever asked that the track's release be moved ahead or pushed back a week so as to not coincide with his own major label debut single.
Sheeran went on to say that "You Need Me, I Don't Need You" was written when he was 15 years old and was never about anything other than "teenage angst."
Read Sheeran's full note below.
Wiley has already hit back with a string of tweets about the singer. See those below.
I do not fall for Politically Correctness I was not born yesterday 🌪🌪🌪🌪🌪— Born In January (@WileyUpdates) September 16, 2019
Look at you lot "Ed sheeran pens a reply" this is what I mean bruv ..The paganism has already happened 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 what reply ? You got a sir Spyro remix to tip your version over the edge #YouDoneItAgain Used us for self gain but we are not allowed to use you— Born In January (@WileyUpdates) September 16, 2019
Nah serious ting I'm gonna stop ✋ 🛑 #EnoughIsEnough for Ed anyway— Born In January (@WileyUpdates) September 16, 2019