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Eskiboy

By: Wiley
Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
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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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exhilarating and fresh

Loved it - so open and so true.
A book that should be shelved at schools an in depth to the creative development of grime music. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, easy to follow and easy to understand. Wiley gave an explicit narrative of the 'ups and downs' of urban living in the East London. His beginnings as a child growing up and the pitfalls surrounded by the harsh reality of poverty. His determination and wizardry art in music and belief of making it to the top. He is a Lion King and an inspiration to those who may feel empty and unworthy. I highly recommend this book to all who may find it a struggle to grasp reality. Grime Rules and Wiley created the formidable sound that is spreading it wings Worldwide.
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great read

really enjoyed this and a great companion piece to the other grime related books here on Audible. Absolute legend in the game and a very facinating character. Like no other out there and that cuts across all walks of life, defo in the 'artist' category.

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For music autobiography lovers

Really interesting narrative on the life of one of the most influential musicians of the new millennium. Delivery not as slick as I would have liked but the content is excellent and gives great insight into the artists M.O.

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Wonderful Context...

Fantastic Voices. Incredibly inspiring story... As someone from the original grime generation; it gave a deeper context to the mystique that was the early grime scene. It felt like listening to the story of a kindred spirit. Large respect to all involved in this body of work.

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Amazing!!!!!!!

an amazing in depth story that I was truly interested to hear. Its answered alot of questions on why he does the things he does. Great book, great MC & great man

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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.