Wiley (UK grime/hip hop artist Richard Cowie, aka Wiley Kat)

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He previously had a homepage at www.eskiboy.com; domain was parked as of 2008-04-08.

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Legal name: Richard Cowie


Richard Kylea Cowie (born 19 January 1979), better known by his stage name Wiley and in his early career Wiley Kat, is an English grime MC, songwriter, and record producer with Caribbean roots from Trinidad and Antigua, originating 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 the late 1990s. In the early 2000s he independently released a series of highly influential eskibeat instrumentals on white label vinyl 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 often called the Godfather of Grime, he is considered a pioneer in the English underground music scene with a prolific work rate and a versatile music artist with many crossover hits.

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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2004 Treddin' on Thin Ice Wiley 2
2007 Playtime Is Over Wiley 1
2008 Grime Wave Wiley 1
2008 See Clear Now Wiley 1
2009 Race Against Time Wiley 1
2011 100% Publishing Wiley 2
2012 Evolve or Be Extinct Wiley 2
2013 The Ascent Wiley 3

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2006 Da 2nd Phaze Compilation Eskiboy 1
2006 Tunnel Vision, Volume 1 Compilation Eskiboy 1
2006 Tunnel Vision, Volume 2 Compilation Eskiboy 1
2006 Tunnel Vision, Volume 3 Compilation Eskiboy 1
2007 Tunnel Vision, Volume 5 Compilation Eskiboy 1
2007 Eskiboy: The Best of Tunnel Vision Compilation Wiley 1
2007 Tunnel Vision, Volume 4 Compilation Eskiboy 1
2008 Umbrella, Volume 1 Compilation Eskiboy 1
2010 Avalanche Music 1: Wiley Compilation Wiley 2

Album + Mixtape/Street

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2007 Tunnel Vision, Volume 6 Mixtape/Street Eskiboy 1


Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2001 Know We Pay as U Go Kartel feat. Wiley, Major Ace, Maxwell D & Gods Gift 1
2002 Eskimo / Split It Down the Middle Wiley 1
2003 Braindead Eskimo / Shanghai Wiley 1
2003 Freeze Wiley 1
2004 Wot Do U Call It? Wiley 3
2004 Pies Wiley 2
2005 Colder (Remix) / Dragon's Stout Wiley 1
2005 Ice Cream Man / Fire Hydrant Wiley 1
2006 Gangsterz Wiley 1
2006 Eskiboy (remix) / So Amazing Wiley 1
2006 Avenger Wiley 1
2006 U Ain't Real Wiley 1
2007 50/50 / Bow E3 Wiley 2
2007 My Mistakes Wiley 2
2008 Dem Na Like Me The Qemists feat. Wiley 6
2008 Wearing My Rolex Wiley 4
2008 Cash in My Pocket Wiley feat. Daniel Merriweather 1
2009 She Likes To (England 10) Wiley 1
2009 Take That Wiley & Chew Fu 5
2010 Never Be Your Woman Wiley feat. Emeli Sandé 1
2010 Get Wild Kano feat. Aidonia & Wiley 1
2010 From the Drop MJ Cole & Wiley 1
2011 Now or Never Jodie Connor feat. Wiley 1
2011 Pow 2011 Lethal Bizzle feat. JME, Wiley, Chipmunk, Face, P‐Money, Ghetts & Kano 1
2011 Link Up Wiley 1
2012 Evolve or Be Extinct Wiley 1
2012 Heatwave Wiley feat. Ms D 1
2012 Can You Hear Me? (Ayayaya) Wiley feat. Skepta, JME & Ms D 1
2013 Reload Wiley feat. Chip 1

EP + Mixtape/Street

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2011 Chill Out Zone Mixtape/Street Wiley 1

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