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Eskiboy

By: Wiley
Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (62 ratings)
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Summary

WINNER of NME Best Music Book Award 2018
Longlisted for the Penderyn Music Book Prize 2018

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Eskiboy by Wiley, read by Hammed Animashaun, McVirn Etienne, Indy Okonkwo, Miles Mitchell, Shorai Dutiro-Robinson, Alexander Theo, Ed Hughes, Max Krupski and Ali Epstone. 

Richard Kylea Cowie MBE, or Wiley, is one of the most innovative and influential musicians of today. Over the course of 20 years he has redefined British music: releasing 10 top-20 singles, selling over four million records and helping to launch a new generation of stars. He started a movement in East London in the early 2000s that is now beginning to take over the world. 

Eskiboy tells his story in full, for the first time, from childhood trauma to white-label releases, to lifetime achievement awards and beyond. In 96 short chapters, it covers the friendships and rivalries and the tragedies and triumphs of two decades in music and explores the history and future of grime and the Eskimo Sound.

A Times Book of the Year

A Sunday Times Book of the Year

A Telegraph Book of the Year

An Evening Standard Book of the Year

©2018 Wiley (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

Critic reviews

"The greatest UK MC of all time." ( Noisey)
"Perhaps the most influential musician working in Britain today." ( The Guardian)
"Wiley is the pioneering force of grime, the most revolutionary musical movement in Britain since punk." ( The Times)

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amazing!!!!!

great autobiography, put across brilliantly, sucks you in from the start. definitely recommend
loved it

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fantastic and inspiring

Either in book form or recording at absolute must for the youth and adults alike to understand not to take love ,life and money for granted
Thanks Wiley

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Would have preferred it from the man himself

I'm a massive Wiley fan, so when I heard he was writing a book about his life, I pre-ordered a copy even though I'm not a big reader. So I was excited when I discovered that they'd made an audiobook of Eskiboy.

Wiley's scattergun and offbeat thoughts are best taken in by the man himself via video or audio interviews (and then written on the page), so without him narrating his parts, it was difficult to have a 'polished' narrator as a substitute, it was a struggle to associate the words being written as coming from Wiley himself.

While the book is a facsinating insight into the rise of The Godfather of Grime, a lot of the chapters are focused on either, the fact that he spends a lot of his time and money on helping his friends and other artists without expecting anything back in return, or that he loves London, but it's not really a place that he can live any more. Because of those two significant thoughts repeated in many chapters, those parts felt a lot like filler in between interesing ideas and experiences from the MC.

Overall, this is a great insight into Wiley and what has turned him into the man, and the star, that we know and love, but perhaps an audiobook isn't the best medium to take in this particular story.

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Great insight

This was a great incite into Wiley’s history. It would have benefited from being longer to allow some situations to be discussed more in depth (BBK for instance) but once I started listening I didn’t want to stop.

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Punchy and insightful

Coming from Stepney and growing up in East London around the same time, this brought back vivid memories of the life.

The story is so well told and brilliantly read that you could be from Timbuktu and still relate, especially if you like the music scene and grime in particular. Even if the music isn’t your bag it’s still a great insight and inspiration of being able to achieve your goals with confidence, determination and selflessness.

It’s so easy to listen to the short punchy chapters and is ideal when you’re on the move.

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Thanks

Loved the intense honesty Wiley shared in this book and thanks for the amazing memories.