‘Wiley is Wiley, and if you don’t know me, you don’t know much.’
*Winner of the NME Best Music Book Award 2018*
A TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR
A SUNDAY TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR
A TELEGRAPH BOOK OF THE YEAR
'The greatest UK MC of all time' Noisey
Wiley. Godfather of grime. He's one of Britain's most innovative musicians – and the movement he started in east London in the early 2000s is taking over the world.
This is his story. This is ESKIBOY.
'Perhaps the most influential musician working in Britain today' Guardian
'Wiley is the pioneering force of grime, the most revolutionary musical movement in Britain since punk' The Times
'A glimpse of the 21st-century rock'n'roll' Sunday Times
A glimpse of the 21st century rock'n'roll.
The legacy has been documented.
Grime, Britain's answer to hip-hop, is the most significant homegrown music genre since punk and its founding father is Wiley. Eskiboy charts not just Wiley's story and character but grime's journey from chaotic and frequently violent raves in warehouses to mainstream credibility.
Incredible. A whirlwind chronicle of friendships, family, violence, beefs, parenting, politics, race and a pure, mad passion for music. Eskiboy ensures everyone falls in love with Richard Kylea Cowie, the charmingly fallible lead at the heart not only of this book but the grime scene itself.
Wiley is the pioneering force of grime, the most revolutionary musical movement in Britain since punk. Captivating.