Wiley Biography (Wikipedia)
Richard Kylea Cowie Jr, MBE (born 19 January 1979 in London), better known by his stage name Wiley and in his early career Wiley Kat, is a British MC, rapper and record producer from Bow, East London. He is regarded as a key figure in the creation of grime music and often labelled the "Godfather of Grime". Wiley 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, 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". In March 2016, Wiley announced that he would be releasing an eleventh album, titled Godfather. The album was released on 13 January 2017 and entered at number 9 on the UK Albums Chart, becoming Wiley's highest-charting album of his career. On 16 February 2017, Wiley won an "Outstanding Contribution to Music" award by NME for the album.
- "Nothing we say to each other means anything" - why Wiley hasn't seen Dizzee in 16 yearshttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05m7lvv.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05m7lvv.jpg2017-11-06T22:32:00.000ZWiley speaks very openly about the breakdown of his relationship with Dizzee Rascalhttps://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p05m7gfc
"Nothing we say to each other means anything" - why Wiley hasn't seen Dizzee in 16 years
- Wiley: "Reading what my dad wrote about me made me cry"https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05m70fx.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05m70fx.jpg2017-11-06T22:12:00.000ZIt was an emotional moment when Wiley's family helped out with writing his book.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p05m7gdq
Wiley: "Reading what my dad wrote about me made me cry"
- Why was JME was so important to Wiley rediscovering Grime?https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05m7jg3.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05m7jg3.jpg2017-11-06T22:00:00.000ZThe Godfather of Grime tells Annie Mac why JME was a natural choice for a collaboration.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p05m7gdm
Why was JME was so important to Wiley rediscovering Grime?
- Wileyhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p056vk07.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p056vk07.jpg2017-07-25T22:59:00.000ZHighlights of Wiley's set at Glastonbury 2017https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p056vzdw
- Skepta and Wiley had a good night at the NME Awardshttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04t2kwp.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04t2kwp.jpg2017-02-16T09:49:00.000ZWiley and Skepta both picked up awards last night.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04t2kxw
Skepta and Wiley had a good night at the NME Awards
- ‘This title means a lot to me’ - Wiley on being ‘The Godfather’https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04hhv6l.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04hhv6l.jpg2017-01-13T17:26:00.000ZWiley talks to Target about how he has embraced his well-deserved title.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04pdjxh
‘This title means a lot to me’ - Wiley on being ‘The Godfather’
- Wiley Interviewhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p049848q.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p049848q.jpg2017-01-13T16:11:00.000ZThe Godfather of Grime talks to DJ Target about his new album.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04pd4br
- 10 Moments That Made Wiley: Wiley talks about how he is 'over' Glastonburyhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04f49wt.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04f49wt.jpg2016-11-09T12:17:00.000ZDJ Target picks out ten defining moments from Wiley's life and career to date...https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04fq7yr
10 Moments That Made Wiley: Wiley talks about how he is 'over' Glastonbury
- Wiley - 1Xtra Live 2016 Highlightshttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04bfjnl.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04bfjnl.jpg2016-11-07T23:59:00.000ZThe Godfather of Grime drops into 1Xtra's big night.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04bg58c
Wiley - 1Xtra Live 2016 Highlights
- ‘The people who built the pyramids didn’t brag about it’ – Wileyhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01br6yv.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01br6yv.jpg2016-09-29T10:28:00.000ZWiley catches up with Benji to talk about the dangers of being a pioneer in your field.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p049dmm1
‘The people who built the pyramids didn’t brag about it’ – Wiley
- Wiley gets a birthday call in Cyprus from Adele Robertshttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02bq7v7.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02bq7v7.jpg2015-01-19T17:22:00.000ZAdele calls Wiley on his birthday!https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02h7ylc
Wiley gets a birthday call in Cyprus from Adele Roberts
Past BBC Events
Reading + Leeds: 2017
1Xtra Live: 2016 - Liverpool
Reading + Leeds: 2013
Global Gathering: 2013
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