Godfather of Grime Wiley returned to his schoolboy stomping ground when he received a MOBO award in the East End.
The rapper joined staff and students at Bow School for the big reveal of the first Paving The Way stone, now cemented at the heart of the site.
Lyrics from hit song Bow E3, in which Wiley chants “I’m so E3, the whole of E3 got so much talent I hope you see,” take pride of place on the plaque.
Wiley said: “I am honoured to be recognised in this way. MOBO have supported my music career from the very beginning and it’s humbling to have this paving stone laid at one of the places which shaped me. It’s extra special as my father also attended this school as a young lad.
“I hope it inspires all young people and encourage them to know that if I can do it, so can they.”
The paving stone was unveiled on Monday, November 2.
The 36-year-old is famed for his group achievements as well as solo tracks.
He shot to fame with Roll Deep – alongside east Londoners Dizzee Rascal and Tinchy Stryder – and hit the Top 10 in the UK charts with raps Wearing My Rolex, Never Be Your Woman and Heatwave.
Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs said the star was a “shining example” of the benefits of being raised in “one of the most culturally diverse and interesting” areas of the capital.
He said: “Wiley is an extraordinary local boy who has, through his career, helped to put Bow on the map as a hub for diverse musical talent.
“It’s important for local pupils to see and learn from local heroes they can identify with and Wiley has proved himself to be a great role model they can look up to.”
Bow School headteacher Cath Smith said: “Our job as educators is to find ways of inspiring our students, encouraging them to go the extra mile and to put in the extra effort in order to be successful in whatever way they choose.
“It was fantastic to be able to welcome back to Bow School one of our ex-students who has followed his passion and used his steely determination to make a success of himself in a highly competitive world.”