Here's my, ghetto story. Been in hell through the fire, now, gonna take it higher. Here's my survival story. So many reasons to sing now, plus now we got the keys to the kingdom.
These are the lyrics to the intro sung by Alicia Keys. The overall feel of the song is rage and celebration that the two have made it out of the ghetto and out of their early struggles.
The lyrics are very informative as Cham and Alicia Keys explain how it felt to live in the ghetto. Cham says A lot of people like the song for its lyrics and overall feel of the song. These are the first two lines in Cham's opening verse:
I remember those days when Hell was my home. And me and Mama bed was a big piece of foam.
In the official remix, which also includes singer Akon, he explains his way of living in the ghetto, and how he made it, the lines in his opening verse:
See I was poor like many men, and didn't have nothin'. Came to America, trying to make somethin' out of somethin'. See we Africans we like hunting. Found my way up to the top like it wasn't nothin.
"Ghetto Story"'s video is the Chapter 2 featuring Alicia Keys. It was shot in Jamaica by Sanaa Hamri. It shows the storyline of the lyrics and what it was like for Cham and Alicia Keys to live in a ghetto area. The unofficial video was put on MTV in late March. The video premiered on BET's 106 & Park on August 8, 2006 and entered the countdown three weeks later to debut at number nine and stay there for four days in a row. Eventually it peaked at number five.