Wiley: Inciting A Dance Riot With its fun and rousing beat, "Numbers in Action" finds Wiley boasting, "I can move floors / especially dance ones."
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Song: "Numbers in Action"

Artist: Wiley

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Genre: Hip-Hop

Already a big name in the U.K., Wiley has yet to experience a big breakthrough in the U.S. His genre of choice, described as "grime," blends electronic production over which he bounces and boasts with hip-hop swagger. Those beats possess many of the synth sounds and snare claps The Neptunes used in mid-2000s hits with Usher, Jay-Z, and a host of other artists, back when a Neptunes beat was a surefire path to radio play.

For music listeners whose tastes have wandered across the Atlantic before, Wiley's thick accent will recall that of Dizzee Rascal or Roots Manuva. In "Numbers in Action," he tries to incite a dance riot. Over a fun and rousing beat, he even sings, "I can move floors / especially dance ones" — and it's not an idle brag. But the song's impact may extend beyond the dance floor: Don't be surprised to hear it powering any body-rocking street performance where cardboard meets the concrete.