Wiley – Wearing My Rolex/The Rolex Sweep feat. Skepta

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OK, so I know that Wearing My Rolex by Wiley has been out for ages and is decidedly old news, but I just kept forgetting to blog it. And it was only when I was searching for the video for Ty’s Closer for the last post that I suddenly remembered it.

Anyway, for any of you who haven’t heard this yet, here is UK Garage/grime star Wiley absolutely killing it with a piece of dirty dancehall techno. And if you’re wondering what on earth the lyrics are about, it’s rhyming slang, innit?!

Usually drink, usually dance, usually bubble

translates as:

Usually drink, usually dance, usually laugh (bubble bath)

Anyway, Wearing My Rolex by Wiley absolutely rocks. And whilst the video above appears to be the official one, the err, homage below has the much better 5.30 version of the song.

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UPDATE: Whilst browsing around a bit more after posting this, I came across this video for the follow-up to Wearing My Rolex, The Rolex Sweep which features Skepta. It’s essentially an ‘instructional video’ which sees a couple of likely lads playing a version of Mallett’s Mallet, except they have to come up with celebrities that ‘can’t dance like me’ (the refrain of The Rolex Sweep ). All well and good, if slightly weird. But where it gets seriously weird is when Timmy Mallet actually turns up & starts playing the game with them. Seriously surreal, even if it does go on for a bit too long. By the time Skepta actually gets round to explaining the dance moves for The Rolex Sweep, you’ll be wanting a glass of champagne to take your mind off it.

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And of course, this being 2008, there are loads of videos on YouTube of people doing The Rolex Sweep in their bedrooms, lounges, wherever. Some of them are terrible, some of them are rather sweet, some of them are by international rap stars (skip forward to about 1 minute), but they’re all another reason to love Wearing My Rolex, The Rolex Sweep, and the internet in general (it’s why Tim Berners Lee invented it you know).

UPDATE: There’s a great bit of footage over on the iPlayer at the moment of Wiley performing Wearing My Rolex with Hot Chip, who have also covered the track.

UPDATE: I’ve noticed that a lot of people are people finding this post because they’re searching for the lyrics to Wearing My Rolex & The Rolex Sweep so, as I’m a helpful kind of guy, I’ve decided to add them:

Wearing My Rolex – lyrics by Wylie

What would we do?
Usually drink, usually dance, usually bubble
All I want to do is tell you I love you
That’s when I start promising the world to
A brand new girl I don’t even know yet
Next thing she’s wearing my Rolex!

What would we do?
Usually drink, usually dance, usually bubble
Usually drink, usually dance, usually bubble
What would we do?
Usually drink, usually dance, usually bubble
All I want to do is tell you I love you

All I want to do is tell you I love you
That’s when I start promising the world to
A brand new girl I don’t even know yet
Next thing she’s wearing my Rolex!
Too much champs, don’t know where my phone is
Here’s my number, she already knows it
This chapter’s a lot, better close it
Just a look in her eye was so evil
Wiley’s a party guy and she knows it

What would we do?
Usually drink, usually dance, usually bubble
All I want to do is tell you I love you
That’s when I start promising the world to
A brand new girl I don’t even know yet
Next thing she’s wearing my Rolex!

What would we do?
Usually drink, usually dance, usually bubble
All I want to do is tell you I love you
That’s when I start promising the world to
A brand new girl I don’t even know yet
Next thing she’s wearing my Rolex!

What would we do?
Usually drink, usually dance, usually bubble
Usually drink, usually dance, usually bubble
What would we do?
Usually drink, usually dance, usually bubble
All I want to do is tell you I love you

All I want to do is tell you I love you
That’s when I start promising the world to
A brand new girl I don’t even know yet
Too much champs, don’t know where my phone is
Here’s my number, she already knows it
This chapter’s a lot, better close it
Just a look in her eye was so evil
Wiley’s a party guy and she knows it

What would we do?
Usually drink, usually dance, usually bubble
All I want to do is tell you I love you
That’s when I start promising the world to
A brand new girl I don’t even know yet
Next thing she’s wearing my Rolex!

If anyone has any idea what the hell Wiley is talking about when he says “This chapter’s a lot, better close it” then I’d appreciate a tip.

The lyrics I can find for the Rolex Sweep don’t seem to match up with the version that’s been released, so if anyone knows where I can get the proper ones do let me know (why the hell bands don’t put lyrics on their MySpace pages/websites I have no idea – it would soon kill off those nasty lyrics sites)

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2 comments

  1. Pete

    The backing track reminds me a little of Mason Perfect Exceeder and something else that I can’t quite put my finger on…

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