Ghetts

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Ghetts
Birth name Justin Samuel Reginald Clarke
Also known as Ghetto / J.Clarke
Born (1984-10-09) 9 October 1984 (age 30) Plaistow, East London, England
Genres Grime
Occupation(s) Rapper
Years active 2003–present
Labels Disrupt
Associated acts Devlin, Kano, Scorcher, Wretch 32, Dot Rotten, Wiley, Lightning, Mercston, The Movement, Cher Lloyd
Website Ghetts.com

Justin Clarke (born 9 October 1984) from Plaistow, Newham, east London, better known by his stage name Ghetts (formerly Ghetto)[1] is an English grime artist with Caribbean roots from Jamaica and Grenada. His music has been played on national radio stations such as BBC Radio 1,[2] Kiss 100,[3] BBC Asian Network[4] and BBC Radio 1Xtra.[5] Currently, Ghetts is signed to independent record label Disrupt, and released his debut studio album, Rebel With a Cause, on 9 March 2014. Known for his hard hitting lyrics and intricate rhyme schemes, he is associated and has toured internationally with such acts as Kano and was a member of NASTY Crew.[6]

Musical career[edit]

Ghetto was a member of grime collective NASTY Crew, however he left, saying that things had gone "pear shaped" due to the number of people in the group. He later went on to create the grime collective The Movement, including Devlin, Wretch 32, Scorcher, Mercston, Lightning and DJ Unique. Ghetto is a very enthusiastic UK artist who has made a number of well-known songs within the UK Grime scene. In 2008 Ghetts was nominated for a BET award for Best UK Act along with Chipmunk, Giggs and Skepta, in the end Giggs took home the award

2005: 2000 & Life[edit]

After being released from prison in 2003, at the age of eighteen years old, Ghetto put out his first release, 2000 & Life in 2005. The mixtape contains 24 tracks and numerous collaborations.[7]

2007: Ghetto Gospel[edit]

In 2007 Ghetto released his second, pre-album mixtape Ghetto Gospel. The mixtape was a departure from his previous release, 2000 & Life, being more mellow and featuring tracks about subjects such as girlfriends and his mother. In interviews, he has stated that the mixtape's calmer tone is to "prove people wrong", as he does not want to be typecast as an aggressive and angry rapper.

The album is titled Ghetto Gospel to demonstrate that Ghetts has put his soul into creating it.

On 27 October 2007 Ghetto performed with Kano at the BBC Electric Proms,[8] performing alongside a violinist.[9]

2008: Freedom of Speech[edit]

On 10 March 2008, Ghetts released his third mixtape, Freedom of Speech. It is predominantly a solo mixtape, and features no other producers aside Lewi White and Smasher (The pair responsible for "Back in the Day]". It includes collaborations with Smasher, Sparkey, Griminal, Brutal, Chipmunk & Devlin. Ghetto stated that the mixtape is more akin to 2000 & Life than Ghetto Gospel.[citation needed]

2010: The Calm Before the Storm[edit]

On 12 July 2010 Ghetto release his fourth mixtape under the alias Ghetts, entitled "The Calm Before the Storm". This was a highly anticipated release fusing the best elements of UK hip-hop and grime into this pre-album massacre. Ghetts immediately gives the people what they want; pure Grime bangers with Ghetts' ridiculous word play and flow in full effect. The opening track "Intro" provides a trademark murky riddim which Ghetts unleashes – schooling listeners on everything from collabos to his take on Grime guys dominating the charts with watered down material. Pure 140bpm vibes make up CBTS, with production provided by the likes of Z Dot, Rude Kid and Nocturnal as well as bringing along a number of guests including fellow east Londoners Griminal, Devlin and Maxsta among others to help out. On 13 March Ghetts won an OMA(Official Mixtape Award)for his mixtape, The Calm Before The Storm

2011–2012: Non-album projects[edit]

Ghetto's "Sing For Me (Electro Remix)"; produced by Rude Kid had attention from the mainstream market. The single was signed by All Around the World Productions, who specialise in electronic dance music and were home to acts such as N-Dubz and Cascada. On 21 February 2011, GrimeDaily uploaded the official video of a song titled "Who's on the Panel". The song is directed at the MTV Base panel who presented the "Best of the Best: UK MCs 2010" show on Sunday, 20 February 2011.[10] Ghetts wasn't in the list, and "vowed to make a track sending for the panel who cast the list and also vowed to shoot a video and have it on YouTube in the morning."[11] The song and video was finished the next day, premiering on Kiss 100 the day before the video upload. On 25 February 2011, the song was made available to download on iTunes, along with another song titled "I Told Ya" featuring Rapid – which also had a video shot and uploaded by GrimeDaily on 24 February 2011.[12] Ghetts collaborated with Cher Lloyd on her record "Dub on the Track" in 2011. He featured on Clement Marfo & The Frontline's single "Overtime". He released the single "On A Level" in late 2011. The official remix features Scorcher, Kano & Wretch 32.

2012–present: Rebel With a Cause[edit]

Ghetts' long-awaited debut album Rebel With a Cause was released on 10 March 2014 on the independent label Disrupt.[13] The album campaign started with a spoken word video "Definition of a rebel", followed by the non-album single "The Cypher" which was released on 28 July 2013 and features all personas and elements of Ghetts' personality. The track peaked at number 9 in the iTunes hip hop charts. The album's lead single "Rebel" became available to download when you pre-order the album from 2 February onwards.[14]

On 19 September US singer Chris Brown co-signed East London MC Ghetts and shared the video for his track 'Feel Inside' declaring"What Ya'll Think'?[15]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
UK
Rebel With a Cause 23
Mixtapes
  • 2005: 2000 & Life
  • 2007: Ghetto Gospel
  • 2008: Freedom of Speech
  • 2010: The Calm Before The Storm
  • 2011: Momentum [Hosted By DJ Whoo Kid]
  • 2014: Momentum 2 (The Return Of Ghetto)
EPs
  • 2010: Merry Christmas EP

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
UK UK
R&B
IRE
EU
"Top 3 Selected" 2008 Ghetto Gospel
"Sing For Me" Non-album singles
"Sing 4 Me (Remix)" 2009
"Don't Phone Me"
(featuring Griminal)
"Don't Phone Me (Remix) big tune"
(featuring Fumin & Lil Nasty)
"Skadoosh "
(featuring Maxsta & Dollar Da Dustman)
2010 The Calm Before the Storm
"Trained to Kill"
(featuring Dot Rotten)
"Grime Daily"
"Who's on the Panel" 2011 Non-album singles
"I Told Ya"
(featuring Rapid)
"Rebel"
2014 5 Rebel With a Cause

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