Wiley receives MBE in New Years Honours

Wiley has said receiving an MBE in the New Years Honours is like “the school grade I wanted and didn’t get”.

The ‘Godfather of Grime’, whose real name is Richard Cowie, is being honoured for his services to music.

He said: “I’m honoured to be receiving an MBE. It feels like the school grade I wanted and didn’t get but now I’m finally there.

“I would like to thank my mother and father plus all family members and friends for being there for me when I needed them”.

Grime manager and producer Grace Ladoja, is being awarded an OBE for her services to music.

Ladoja manages grime star Skepta, who appeared to have hinted in recent song Hypocrisy, that he “rejected” an MBE.

The lyrics read: “The MBE got rejected. I’m not tryna be accepted.”

Wiley has previously credited Skepta as being an inspiration in his career.

The ‘Wearing My Rolex’ singer, 38, has been hailed as a pioneer of the underground music scene and has steadily climbed the charts.

During his musical career, Wiley stormed to number one with Heatwave.

Born in Bow, East London on 19 January 1979, he was exposed to music from his cot when his father’s band would use the bedroom as a rehearsal space.

He was soon using empty cardboard boxes as drums before getting his first real kit aged six.

A slightly unsettled childhood followed, and Wiley spent some time in Kent living with his mother and grandmother. Later, he returned to London with his father where he began selling drugs.

He swapped drugs for music after receiving threats from a rival dealer. He combined rap with garage music plus drum and bass.

Wiley has released 11 studio albums and was honoured at the NME Awards with an Outstanding Contribution to Music Award.

TNT Entertainment

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