Grime music legend Wiley has expressed his surprise that the royal family had even heard of the underground music genre he helped pioneer as he collected an MBE.
The Godfather of Grime, whose real name is Richard Cowie, received the award for services to music from the Duke of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace on Friday.
Laughing, he added: “But I didn’t know if, like, the royals would. I don’t know why I felt like they would never know us.”
Reflecting on the mainstream reach achieved by grime stars in recent years, he said: “It’s amazing man. I’m so proud, proud of the fact that these kids can do something.
“Stormzy is from today. He’s not from my time, he’s the evolution of what me and Dizzee (Rascal) and everyone else done.”
He said: “You don’t know where it’s going to end you up, but if you do the work it can end you up in a place that was much better than before.
“Growing up people quit and I’m glad I could’ve been an inspiration to those who felt like giving up.
“(On ever quitting himself) I did half think about it, but with me I couldn’t cause it’s the only thing I knew how to do. You don’t give up what you love.”
“I feel like that’s the way I get on in my life, it’s about everyone else, and that’s why I’m here.”