00:43 GMT14 August 2020
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    Richard Kylea Cowie Jr, better known by his stage name Wiley, found himself accused of anti-Semitism after the "Godfather of Grime" made several controversial statements on Twitter.

    One of the founders of grime music, UK rapper and producer Wiley went on a Twitter rant, posting on his official account throughout the day: the artist then tried to respond to criticisms he received over a series of controversial tweets he wrote about Jewish people and Israel earlier on Friday.

    After comparing Jewish people to Ku Klux Klan the singer was accused of being anti-semitic, the rapper defended himself in a series of tweets including one in which he said, "I'm not anti-semitic, I am anti-slippery people."

    ​The rapper went as far as to blame Jewish people of illegally stealing lands, claiming that bringing it to the public's attention automatically gets people labelled as anti-Semites.

    ​Wiley also appealed to his origins saying that black people cannot be racist.

    On Friday morning, Wiley posted a string of statements including: “If you work for a company owned by 2 Jewish men and you challenge the Jewish community in any way of course you will get fired.”

    He also drew comparisons between Jewish people and the Klu Klux Klan and wrote, “is it anti-semitic to say Jewish people have power?”

    ​He also wrote, “Listen to me Jewish community, Israel is not your country, I’m sorry” and “The Star of David, that’s our ting.”

    He later backtracked saying, “Forget anti-Semitic racism is racism and ya can’t hide the fact that systematic racism exists and it wasn’t set up by us.”

    Among those who condemned Wiley's statements were Jewish comedian David Baddiel and Guardian columnist Owen Jones:

    Danny Stone, chief executive of the Anti-Semitism Policy Trust said that drawing parallels between Jewish people and the Klu Klux Klan is offensive and the inference is anti-semitic.

    ​Wiley who is often labelled as the “Godfather of Grime,” is renowned for his controversial tweets. Earlier this year he got involved in a Twitter feud with fellow rapper Stormzy.  

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