As the New Year Honours 2017 list was revealed, it was of great surprise to everyone that a grime veteran has been acknowledged by those selecting the MBE recipients. But, for his contribution to the music scene, none other than the Godfather of Grime, Wiley has been selected to receive an MBE.
Earlier in the year, Wiley returned to his musical roots by releasing his grime based album ‘The Godfather’, which has been highly treasured by grime fans. The emcee also released his highly-anticipated autobiography, ‘Eskiboy’ in which he documented the rise of the grime scene from his perspective.
The 38-year-old grime veteran has been in the game since the beginning, with over 20-years inside the music industry and eleven studio albums released, the East-London based artist definitely deserves the acknowledgement.
The news comes as another milestone in grime’s history, with the genre rising in popularity and becoming more mainstream over the last few years, it’s good to see that the scene which represents the London youth culture so widely is finally being recognised by the wider establishments.
Whilst the majority of industry personalities have congratulated Wiley on the MBE announcement, Dizzee Rascal who has been in the game alongside Wiley, is yet to comment on the news.
Wiley’s manager and producer, Grace Ladoja is also one of the few chosen to receive an MBE as a result of her contribution to the music industry.
Following the news, Wiley took to Instagram to announce his success.