Treddin' on Thin Ice

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Treddin' on Thin Ice
Studio album by Wiley
Released 26 April 2004
Genre Grime, Eskibeat[1]
Length 46:56
Label XL Recordings
Producer Wiley, TNT, Target, Danny Weed, Cage
Wiley chronology
Treddin' on Thin Ice
Da 2nd Phaze
(2006)Da 2nd Phaze2006
Singles from Treddin' on Thin Ice
  1. "Wot Do U Call It?"
    Released: 5 April 2004
  2. "Pies"
    Released: 2004
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[3]
Pitchfork Media 7.6/10[4]
The Village Voice (choice cut)[5]

Treddin' on Thin Ice is the debut album by UK Grime artist Wiley released on XL Recordings. It was released on 26 April 2004, the album is seen as a critical success in grime music with an enduring and influential forward facing sound.[6] However, commercially the album did not do as well, with one single ("Wot Do U Call It", a song addressing the debate over the categorization of Grime music) making the top 40 in the UK music charts.

The album along with Dizzee Rascal's Boy in da Corner are seen as the 'blueprint' of the grime genre. Many artists have cited Treddin' on Thin Ice to be the pinnacle of grime, before Wiley began taking a slightly different direction with later works, such as the album See Clear Now (2008) - in particular the UK number 2 single "Wearing My Rolex", which takes a more dance-style approach.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "The Game" TNT 3:09
2. "Pick U R Self Up" (featuring Breeze, J2K & Riko) Target & Danny Weed 4:01
3. "Wot Do U Call It?" Wiley 3:19
4. "Eskimo (Interlude)" Wiley, Additional Production By Cage 0:56
5. "Goin' Mad" Wiley 3:38
6. "Doorway" Wiley 3:50
7. "Special Girl" (featuring Kano) Wiley, Additional Production By Cage 4:34
8. "Avalanche (Interlude)" Wiley 1:23
9. "Reasons" Wiley 4:08
10. "Got Somebody" Wiley 3:59
11. "Pies" Wiley 3:26
12. "Ice-Rink (Interlude)" Wiley 0:34
13. "Next Level" (featuring J2K, Tinchy Stryder & Kano) Wiley 3:21
14. "Treddin' on Thin Ice" Wiley 3:14
15. "I Was Lost" Wiley 3:24
Total length: 46:56


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[7] Gold 100,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Petridis, Alexis (2004-04-22). "Wiley, Treddin' on Thin Ice". The Guardian. Retrieved 2017-08-14. 
  4. ^ Pemberton, Rollie (2004-05-13). "Wiley: Treddin' on Thin Ice Album Review". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2017-08-14. 
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert (2004-09-28). "Tonic for Americans". The Village Voice. Retrieved 2017-08-14. 
  6. ^
  7. ^ "British album certifications – Wiley – Treddin On Thin Ice". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Treddin On Thin Ice in the search field and then press Enter.