Wiley
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1979-01-19
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Wiley

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.

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Wiley Performances & Interviews


Wiley Tracks

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I'm Only Human (feat. Cashtastic & Tereza Delzz)
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I'm Only Human (feat. Cashtastic & Tereza Delzz)

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Boasty (feat. Idris Elba)
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Boasty (feat. Idris Elba)
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Boasty (Quadrant & Iris Bootleg) (feat. Idris Elba)
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Boasty (Quadrant & Iris Bootleg) (feat. Idris Elba)
Lethal Bizzle
Pow 2011 (feat. Jme, Wiley, Chip, Face, P Money, Ghetts & Kano)
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Pow 2011 (feat. Jme, Wiley, Chip, Face, P Money, Ghetts & Kano)
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Boasty vs Jibebe
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Boasty vs Jibebe
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Take That
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Take That
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Wearing My Rolex
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Wearing My Rolex
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Heatwave (feat. Ms D)
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Heatwave (feat. Ms D)
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Boasty
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Boasty
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Boasty (feat. Mucky)
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Boasty (feat. Mucky)
Sean Paul
Boasty
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Boasty
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Boasty
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Boasty
Shola Ama
Trouble (feat. Devlin, Wiley & J2K)
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Trouble (feat. Devlin, Wiley & J2K)
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Stormy Weather
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Stormy Weather
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Snowkat
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Snowkat
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Boasty (Remix) (feat. Stefflon Don, Sean Paul & Idris Elba)
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Boasty (Remix) (feat. Stefflon Don, Sean Paul & Idris Elba)
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Cash In My Pocket (feat. Daniel Merriweather)
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Cash In My Pocket (feat. Daniel Merriweather)
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Goin' Mad
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Goin' Mad
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Upcoming Events

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Aug
2019
Wiley, Martin Garrix, Tinie Tempah, Pendulum, Plan B, Martin Solveig, Craig David, Knife Party, Chase & Status, Jax Jones, Sigala, Sigma, Oliver Heldens, What So Not, Wretch 32, Armand Van Helden, Disciples, Bakermat, Alison Wonderland, Noisia, Wilkinson, JAUZ, Mabel, Redlight, Ms. Dynamite, Devlin, YUNGEN, P Money, Rezz, Andy C, Chris Lorenzo, James Hype, Black Sun Empire, Steel Banglez, My Nu Leng, Champion, Alix Perez, Spectrasoul, Eli & Fur, Mr V, Zinc, CASisDEAD, Kabaka Pyramid, Amine Edge & Dance, Ms Banks, Skepsis, Masicka, Duskus, Nina Las Vegas, Darkzy, Doc Scott, Big Zuu, TQD, SASASAS, TS7, DJ Semtex, NATHAN DAWE, Turno, Randall, Anti Up, Kanine, Madam X, Bru-C, Sammy Virji, Window Kid, Mason Collective, Basement Jaxx (DJ Set), Dj Ron, Seani B, problem central, Lazcru, Hype & Hazard and Brockie & Det
Clapham Common, London, UK

Past BBC Events

Reading + Leeds: 2017
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Reading
2017-08-27T13:08:38
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27
Aug
2017
Reading + Leeds: 2017

Reading + Leeds: 2017

17:30
Reading
Glastonbury: 2017
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Worthy Farm, Pilton
2017-06-24T13:08:38
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24
Jun
2017
Glastonbury: 2017

Glastonbury: 2017

19:15
Worthy Farm, Pilton
1Xtra Live: 2016 - Liverpool
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Liverpool
2016-10-08T13:08:38
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8
Oct
2016
1Xtra Live: 2016 - Liverpool

1Xtra Live: 2016 - Liverpool

Liverpool
Reading + Leeds: 2013
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Reading
Leeds
2013-08-23T13:08:38
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23
Aug
2013
Reading + Leeds: 2013

Reading + Leeds: 2013

Reading
Global Gathering: 2013
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Stratford-Upon-Avon
2013-07-26T13:08:38
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26
Jul
2013
Global Gathering: 2013

Global Gathering: 2013

Stratford-Upon-Avon

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