Richard Kylea Cowie (born 19 January 1979), better known by his stage name Wiley and in his early career Wiley Kat, is an English rapper, songwriter, musician, record producer and DJ 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 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”. A key player in the creation of grime music and 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. It is reported that Wiley turned down £700,000 to appear in Celebrity Big Brother 2017.

In 2004, Wiley released his debut album, Treddin’ on Thin Ice on XL. Singles from the album include “Wot Do U Call It?”, a record questioning what name should be given to his music, and “Pies”. Many reviews, including that by Pitchfork Media, made comparisons between Wiley and his previous labelmate Dizzee Rascal, who had achieved success with Boy in Da Corner the previous year.[9] Alexis Petridis of The Guardian noted the “comically polarised” fanbase Wiley had accrued; “At one extreme, its sonic experimentation has attracted the kind of people who run music blogs… [where] lengthy essays are posted on issues as the differentiation between Humean and Kantian views of motivation in the lyrics of Bonnie Prince Billy. At the other extreme, it is favoured by inner-city teens who appear to communicate entirely in an impenetrable mix of street slang and patois.”

 In 2010, Wiley released 11 zip files for free download via his Twitter page, containing over 200 tracks of old and unreleased music, including tracks from the forthcoming album The Elusive. On 4 March 2011, Wiley released Offload Volume 01 on iTunes. It did not get a physical release and it was partially slated by fans for containing some tracks which had already been released for free on the zip files. The album contained many songs that featured Wiley’s crew A-List as well as the track “Yo Riley”, which had received some airplay beforehand. On 6 March 2011, Wiley released a song called “Bright Lights”, which features Giggs and Juelz Santana. On 9 March 2011, Wiley released an instrumental album entitled Run the Riddim Selecta. Offload Volume 01, “Bright Lights” and Run the Riddim Selecta were all released on Launchpad Records.

Wiley’s album 100% Publishing was released on 20 June 2011 on the record label Big Dada, and charted in the UK Albums Chart at number 76. On 8 July 2011, Wiley released an independent EP for digital download titled Chill Out Zone. Singles from the EP, “Seduction” and “If I Could” were released in May 2011. On 25 July 2011, Wiley released the radio edit of “Link Up” on iTunes, which is the first single from his 8th studio album Evolve or Be Extinct which was released on 19 January 2012. “Link Up” is produced by Wiley’s protege Nana Rogues and the official “Link Up” single was released in September 2011.

Wiley began recording his tenth studio album Snakes and Ladders in 2013, the first single from the album Flyin was released in August 2013 and towards the end of that year he leaked a track list for the album. However he later confirmed his intention in February 2014 to scrap the record and start again as he was unhappy with it saying it “needs to be epic or there’s no point”. The first single from the newly recorded album, On A Level, was released on 25 September 2014 by Big Dada. Wiley later featured on Ay Yeah So What, and in 2015 released the non-album single Chasing The Art. In March 2016, Wiley announced that he would be releasing an eleventh album, titled Godfather, and that the album would include 16 songs, 3 of which were to be released as singles. The album was released on 13 January 2017.


Artist: Wiley
Title: Speakerbox (Explicit)
Album: Godfather
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Artist: Wiley
Title: Step 21 (Explicit)
Album: Snakes & Ladders
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Artist: Wiley
Title:  Lights On
Album: The Ascent
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Artist: Wiley
Title: Evolve or Be Extinct
Album: b/w Skanking – The 2 Bears Remix
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Artist: Wiley
Title: Numbers In Action
Album: 100% Publishing
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Artist: Wiley
Title: Eyes Of The Lord
Album: Race Against Time
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Artist: Wiley
Title: Cash In My Pocket
Album: See Clear Now
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Artist: Wiley
Title: Badman Talking
Title: Grime Wave
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Artist: Wiley
Title: My Mistakes
Album: Playtime Is Over
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Artist: Wiley
Title: Stormy Weather
Title: Da 2nd Phaze
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Artist: Wiley
Title: Wot Do U Call It?
Album: Treddin’ On Thin Ice
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Artist: Wiley
Title: Cypress Hill
Title: #8 (Explicit)
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Artist: Wiley (ft Ed Sheeran)
Title: If I Could (Explicit)
Album: Chill Out Zone EP
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Artist: Wiley
Title: Walk Away
Title: Chill Out Zone EP
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Studio albums

“Godfather” (2017), Snakes & Ladders (2014), The Ascent (2013), “Evolve or Be Extinct” (2012), “100% Publishing” (2011), “Race Against Time” (2009), See Clear Now (2008), Grime Wave (2008), “Playtime Is Over” (2007), “Da 2nd Phaze” (2006), “Treddin’ on Thin Ice” (2004).

Extended plays
“#8” (2015), Chill Out Zone (2011).

“Ya Dun Know Vol. 1” (2014), It’s All Fun and Games Till, Vol.2 (2013), It’s All Fun and Games Till, Vol.1 (2012), “Creating a Buzz, Volume 1” (2011), “Offload Volume 1” (2011), The Elusive (2010), “Umbrella, Volume 1” (2008), “Tunnel Vision Vol. 6” (2008), “Tunnel Vision Vol. 5” (2007), “Tunnel Vision Vol. 4” (2007), “Tunnel Vision Vol. 3” (2006), “Tunnel Vision Vol. 2” (2006), “Tunnel Vision Vol. 1” (2006).

“Run the Riddim Selecta” (2011), “Avalanche Music 1” (2010).

“Twitter Downloads 2012” (2012), “Twitter Mix 2011” (2011), “The Grime Leaks” (2010), “Zip Files 01-11” (2010).

With Roll Deep
“Winner Stays On” (2010), “Say No More” (2010), “treat Anthems” (2009), Return of the Big Money Sound (2008), “Rules and Regulations” (2007), “Roll Deep Presents Grimey Vol. 1” (2006), “In at the Deep End” (2005), “Creeper Volume 2” (2004-2005), “Creeper Volume 1” (2004-2005).

With Boy Better Know
“Tunnel Vision 1-5” (2006-2008), Da 2nd Phaze (2006).

As lead artist

“Speaker Box” (2016 Album Godfather), “Can’t Go Wrong” (2016 Album Godfather), “Chasing the Art” (2015 Non-album single), “On a Level” (2014 Album Snakes & Ladders), “Lights On” (featuring Angel & Tinchy Stryder) (2013 Album The Ascent), “Reload”(featuring Chip & Ms D) (2013 Album The Ascent), “Can You Hear Me? (Ayayaya)” (featuring Skepta, JME & Ms D) (2012 Album The Ascent), “Heatwave” (featuring Ms D) (2012 Album The Ascent), “Boom Blast” (2012 Album Evolve or Be Extinct), “If I Could” (featuring Ed Sheeran) (2011 Album Chill Out Zone).

“Numbers in Action” (2011 Album 100% Publishing), “Never Be Your Woman” (featuring Emeli Sandé) (2010 Non-album singles), “Take That” (featuring Chew Fu) (2009 Non-album singles), “Cash in My Pocket” (featuring Daniel Merriweather) (2008 Album See Clear Now), “Summertime” (2008 Album See Clear Now), “Wearing My Rolex” (2008 Album See Clear Now), “My Mistakes” (featuring Manga & Little Dee) (2007 Album Playtime Is Over), “50/50” (2007 Album Playtime Is Over), “Pies” (2004 Album Treddin’ on Thin Ice), “Wot Do U Call It?” (2004 Album Treddin’ on Thin Ice).

As featured artist

“Ah Yeah So What” (Will Sparks feat Wiley & Elen Levon), (2014 Non-album singles), “Crazy for Your Love” (Rymez featuring Wiley, Sneakbo & Sarah Harding) (2014 Non-album singles), “Bus Pass” (A.M. SNiPER featuring Wiley) (2014 Non-album singles), “Wiggle (Movin’ Her Middle)” (Mike Delinquent Project featuring Wiley) (2014 Non-album singles), “Arrogant” (Solo 45 featuring Wiley), “They Got It Wrong” (Lethal Bizzle featuring Wiley) (2014), “We party hard, we never rest (Steel Banglez)” (Popek featuring Wiley) (2013 Album Monster).

“Animal” (Conor Maynard featuring Wiley) (2013 Album Contrast), “Banger” (JME featuring Wiley) (2013 Non-album single), “Whistle at Me” (Jin Jin and the Ragdolls featuring Wiley) (2012 Album Rhythm Homicide), “Tough Got Going” (Angel featuring Wiley & Cherise) (2012 In Between Time), “Visa” (Tulisa featuring Wiley) (Album The Female Boss), “Gleamin” (Angel featuring Maxsta & Wiley) (Album 7 Minutes Before Time), “Pow 2011” (Lethal Bizzle featuring JME, Wiley, Chipmunk, Face, P Money, Ghetts & Kano)  (2011 Album Best of Bizzle).

“You” (Ed Sheeran featuring Wiley) (2011 Album No. 5 Collaborations Project), “Sidechain” (Mz Bratt featuring Wiley) (2011 Album Elements), “Now or Never” (Jodie Connor featuring Wiley) (2010 Album TBA), “Between Us” (Mashtown featuring Wiley), “2010” (Chipmunk featuring Wiley) (Album For The Fun Of It), “Sidetracked” (JME featuring Wiley) (2010 Album Blam!), “Get Wild” (Kano featuring Aidonia & Wiley) (2010 Album Method to the Maadness), “Go Hard” (Fugative featuring Mz Bratt & Wiley) (No Goin’ Home), “Skool Daze” (Cherri V featuring Wiley) (2010 Album TBA), “We’re Rollin” (K.I.G featuring Wiley) (2009 Album TBA), “I Know” (Scorcher featuring J2K & Wiley) (2009 Album Concrete Jungle).

“Stryderman Remix” (Tinchy Stryder featuring Wiley) (2009 Album Catch 22), “Are You Ready?” (Skepta featuring Wiley) (2009 Album Microphone Champion), “Too Many Man” (with Boy Better Know) (2009 Album Microphone Champion/Race Against Time), “Say What You Like” (Chipmunk featuring Skepta & Wiley) (2008 Album Guess Who?), “Anywhere We Go” (Kano featuring. Wiley) (2008 Album 140 Grime Street), “Dem Na Like Me” (Qemists featuring Wiley) (Join The Q), “Mum Im Stronger” (JME featuring Wiley) (Album Famous?).

“R U Dumb?” (JME featuring Wiley) (2008 Album Famous?), “Catch Up” (Mz. Bratt featuring Devilman & Wiley) (2007 Album Give It To Em Vol 1), “Single Remix” (Skepta featuring JME & Wiley) (2007 Album Greatest Hits), “Doin It Again” (with Boy Better Know) (Greatest Hits), “2 Far” (Dizzee Rascal featuring Wiley) (2003 Album Boy in da Corner), “Business Man (Black Noise Remix)” (Crookers featuring Wiley & Thomas Jules) (2002 Album Ministry of Sound: Clubbers Guide Electro)..

Other charted songs

“Seduction” (featuring Alexa Goddard) (2011 Album Chill Out Zone), “Midnight Lover” (featuring A-List) (2010 Non-album singles), “Electric Boogaloo” (featuring Jodie Connor & J2K) (2010 Non-album singles), “She Likes Too” (featuring England’s Top 10) (2009 Album Offload Vol 1), “She’s Glowing'” (featuring Kano & Ghetts) (2009 Album Race Against Time), “50/50/Badman Talking” (featuring Flow Dan) (2007 Album Playtime Is Over).

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