Wiley

Wiley

 

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Richard Cowie Jnr (born 19 January 1979), better known by his stage name Wiley and in his early career Wiley Kat,[2] is an English hip hop recording artist, record producer and DJ from Bow, East London. He first tasted success as a member of UK garage crew Pay As U Go, with whom he had a top 40 hit, "Champagne Dance" in 2001. In the early 2000s, he independently released a series of highly influential eskibeat instrumentals on white label vinyl,[3][4] most notably the first in the series "Eskimo" and rose to fame as a grime MC both for his solo work and for material released with his crew Roll Deep.

Wiley has continued to make grime music while also releasing mainstream singles, such as the UK Singles Chart top 10 hits "Wearing My Rolex", "Never Be Your Woman" and his UK number-one "Heatwave". A key player in the creation of grime music and often called the Godfather of Grime,[5] he is considered a pioneer in the British underground music scene with a prolific work rate and a versatile music artist with many crossover hits.

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I Call The Shots
Song
I Call The Shots is a song by Wiley, released on November 3, 2017.
P-Money
Song
P-Money is a song by musical artist Wiley, released on April 19, 2017.
Godfather
 
Godfather is the eleventh studio album by English grime MC Wiley.
Handle Ya Business
Song
Handle Ya Business is a song by musical artist Wiley, released on January 13, 2017.

Photos - Wiley308

Popular Albums32

Album Appearances & References82

Popular Songs51

Song Appearances & References17

Musical Groups1

Minor Film Appearances & References1

TV Shows1

Collaborators & Influencers71

Other Music-Related Relationships7

Commercial & Non-Profit Relationships1

Awards & Nominations1

You May Also Be Interested In51

Videos12

Spotify - Albums & Singles213

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Spotify - Top Tracks10

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Upcoming Concerts6

News Articles10

Wiley: Real grime isn't mainstream
  –  October 30, 2017
Any number one that anyone's had, it's pop music. England is built ... make it more radio-friendly. The London rapper said: "Stormzy and Skepta have made it into something today that pays as well as pop does." Wiley also explained he doesn't judge himself ...
Wiley opens up about Dizzee Rascal feud in new autobiography
  –  October 31, 2017
The musician continues ... is made up of 96 short chapters and covers everything from Wiley’s own close shave with death to his move away from dealing drugs into music and a revelation that he almost signed up to Celebrity Big Brother.
Godfather of Grime Wiley Delivers First Single from Godfather II - 'Call The Shots'
  –  November 3, 2017
Fresh off the back of his multi-award winning album 'Godfather', Wiley has spent much of 2017 garnering the biggest accolades in the industry. Recognised by several of the biggest names and publications in music for his innovation, Wiley has been the ...
Wiley opens up about Dizzee Rascal feud in new autobiography
  –  November 2, 2017
The autobiography, Eskiboy, is made up of 96 short chapters and covers everything from Wiley’s own close shave with death to his move away from dealing drugs into music and a revelation that he almost signed up to Celebrity Big Brother. It features a ...
All Things Remembered by Goldie and Eskiboy by Wiley review – bass culture memoirs
  –  November 1, 2017
Keep her!” That darkness is channelled, transmuted and fought against in the work of both. “Making music is my therapy,” declares Wiley who, especially in his early days, used Arctic metaphors in his song titles. “Eski, igloo, ice, cold – that ...
Wiley recalls London’s early 2000s music scene and the moment he became an icon
  –  October 31, 2017
There are many great stories about Wiley, from him sabotaging a major label deal by leaking his own album to flaking on a Glastonbury festival appearance with the memorable tweet: "Fuck them and their farm." As well as being a one-man anecdote machine with ...
Wiley on Grime and Dizzee Rascal
  –  October 30, 2017
He’s one of the most influential characters in British music today. The sound that Wiley created in East London at the turn of this century – which eventually became known as Grime – has now reached global popularity. But whilst his peers achieved ...
Here's an Exclusive Chapter from Wiley's 'Eskiboy' Autobiography
  –  October 30, 2017
This was Wiley after Wildchild. It was something new ... I was upset for like a day, thinking, 'Oh shit, what if the music thing doesn't come through?' But to stay signing on would have been to stay in their palm. They kind of did me a favour, it gave ...
Wiley reveals why mainstream grime is ‘pop music’
  –  October 30, 2017
"No-one's had a grime number one". Wiley has opened up on grime’s huge resurgence and claimed that any artists who achieve chart success are creating “pop music”. In a new interview with the BBC, the Godfather of Grime, 38, explained how the genre ...
Wiley: You're hearing pop music in the charts - not grime
  –  October 30, 2017
He may be credited with inventing the genre but Wiley's told Newsbeat the current sound enjoying mainstream success "is not grime". The 38-year-old, who rarely gives interviews, made the remark during an interview to promote his autobiography, Eskiboy.

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