"Boasty" is a song by British rappers Wiley, Stefflon Don and Jamaican rapper Sean Paul featuring vocals from English actor and musician Idris Elba. It was originally released by Wiley featuring Mucky in August 2018,[1] and remixed for release with contributions from Stefflon Don, Paul and Elba in January 2019.[2] It reached number 11 on the UK Singles Chart in March 2019.[3] A solo version of the track was released on the rapper's 14th studio album, Boasty Gang - The Album, which was released on 22 June 2020.[4]

"Boasty"
Wiley, Stefflon Don and Sean Paul - Boasty.png
Single by Wiley, Stefflon Don and Sean Paul featuring Idris Elba
Released22 January 2019 (2019-01-22)
Genre
Length2:57
LabelBMG
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Wiley singles chronology
"Remember Me"
(2018)
"Boasty"
(2019)
"My One"
(2019)
Stefflon Don singles chronology
"Shot & Wine"
(2019)
"Boasty"
(2019)
"Scared of Love"
(2019)
Sean Paul singles chronology
"Shot & Wine"
(2019)
"Boasty"
(2019)
"Contra La Pared"
(2019)
Idris Elba singles chronology
"Dance Off"
(2016)
"Boasty"
(2019)
"Come Alive"
(2019)

Music videoEdit

The music video, directed by Henry Scholfield, was released in March 2019, featuring Stefflon Don, Paul and Elba, with a young actor, Brooklyn Appiah, appearing in place of Wiley.[5] Idris Elba delivers his verse in a mansion that includes a film set.[6] Scholfield said that he wanted the video to feel like a competition between the artists "competing for lyrical screen-space" to give the "vibe of bigupmanship and a visual riff on who's the boasty-iest".[6]

As of 5 August 2020, the music video is no longer available to watch on YouTube, as Wiley Official, the channel on which it was uploaded, has been terminated.

ChartsEdit

Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Ireland (IRMA)[7] 82
Scotland (OCC)[8] 31
UK Singles (OCC)[3] 11
UK Indie (OCC)[9] 1
UK R&B (OCC)[10] 5
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[11] 35

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (2019) Position
Portugal (AFP)[12] 2090
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[13] 50

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[14] Platinum 600,000 

  Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Boasty (feat. Mucky) – Single by Wiley on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  2. ^ A, Aron (22 January 2019). "Wiley, Sean Paul & Stefflon Don Grab Idris Elba For 'Boasty'". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Boasty Gang - The Album". iTunes. Retrieved 2020-06-23.
  5. ^ Renshaw, David (7 March 2019). "Sean Paul, Idris Elba, Stefflon Don, and 'Wiley' link-up in their 'Boasty' video". The Fader. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  6. ^ a b Brain, Eric (7 March 2019). "Wiley Releases Music Video for "Boasty" Featuring Idris Elba, Sean Paul & Stefflon Don". Hypebeast. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  7. ^ "IRMA – Irish Charts". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  8. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  9. ^ "Official Independent Singles Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  10. ^ "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  11. ^ "Stefflon Don Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
  12. ^ "Top AFP - Audiogest - Top 3000 Singles + EPs Digitais" (PDF) (in Portuguese). Associação Fonográfica Portuguesa. Retrieved 14 August 2020.
  13. ^ "End of Year Singles Chart Top 100 – 2019". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  14. ^ "British single certifications – Wiley/Stefflon Don/Sean Paul – Boasty". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 4 January 2020.Select singles in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Boasty in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.