Fans of British hip-hop star Wiley have launched a petition to erect a statue of the rapper in his native London.

Rinse FM DJ Julie Adenuga has petitioned members of Tower Hamlets' council to build a life-size effigy of "the king of grime."

The petition reads, "Richard Cowie (aka Wiley) has undoubtedly inspired an entire generation. A man who has put his heart and soul into what he believes in and consistently shows passion and perseverance."

Adenuga's petition has already garnered 1,325 signatures towards the goal of 2,000.

If the statue is approve it will be placed in Mile End Park on east London's Roman Road.