Label: Wiley Kat
Year: 2002

Why?: An instrumental that helepd pioneer the UK grime sound

When you talk about vets in the UK grime scene, Wiley's name needs to be at the top. If it wasn't for his "Eskimo" instrumental, who knows where the grime scene would've ended up. At the time, Wiley saw his "eskibeat" (a moniker for his sound derived from his nickname, Eskiboy) as a blending of the UK garage scene and hip-hop, as the UK grime scene was definitely hip-hop with a UK twist to it. It's pretty simple, though: "Eskimo" was the forefather to the grime scene, and you can hear interpretations of this monumental beat in today's tracks.