Ghetto Story (song)

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"Ghetto Story"
Single by Cham featuring Alicia Keys & Akon
from the album Ghetto Story
Released June 28, 2006
Format CD single, 12" single
Recorded 2005
Genre Dancehall, Reggae fusion
Length 4:17 (original version)
4:25 (w/Akon)
4:42 (Remix w/Alicia Keys and Akon)
Label Madhouse/Atlantic/Asylum
Writer(s) Dameon Beckett, Alicia Keys, Aliaune Thiam[1]
Producer(s) Dave Kelly
Certification Platinum (RIAA)
Cham singles chronology
"Vitamin S"
"Ghetto Story"
"Rude Boy Pledge"
Alicia Keys singles chronology
"Ghetto Story"
"Every Little Bit Hurts"

"Ghetto Story" is a dancehall/ragga single performed by dancehall artist Baby Cham signed to Atlantic Records. It was the first single to be released off his album called Ghetto Story. The song is most known for its reggae fusion remix called "Ghetto Story Chapter 2" featuring Alicia Keys. The single has peaked at number 77 on the Billboard Hot 100 trajectory, number 15 on the Billboards Hot Hip Hop/R&B Singles, and number 13 on the Billboards Rap Tracks. It received heavy airplay on MTV2 and BET, and some airplay on Canada's MuchMusic. The song is about growing up in the ghetto and how it was for Cham in his younger years. The video entered BET's 106 & Park at number 9 peaked at number 5, making it one of the very few reggae videos to reach the top 5 on that countdown. Another remix features singer Akon. Rapper Lil Wayne has freestyled over the instrumental.

Song information[edit]

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[citation needed].

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:

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:

The song uses the "85" riddim.

Music video[edit]

"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.

Track listings[edit]

  • CD 1
  1. "Ghetto Story Chapter 2" (featuring Alicia Keys) (Dameon Beckett, Dave Kelly, Alicia Keys) – 4:46
  2. "Hood" (Dameon Beckett, Dave Kelly) – 4:30
  • CD 2
  1. "Ghetto Story Chapter 2" (featuring Alicia Keys) (Dameon Beckett, Dave Kelly, Alicia Keys) – 4:46
  2. "Ghetto Story" (Album Version) (Dameon Beckett, Dave Kelly) – 4:12
  3. "Hood" (Dameon Beckett, Dave Kelly) – 7:01
  4. "Mytone" (CD-ROM Track)


  • "Ghetto Story Chapter 1" (Cham)
  • "Ghetto Story Chapter 2" (Cham featuring Alicia Keys)
  • "Ghetto Story Chapter 3" (Cham featuring Akon)
  • "Ghetto Story Chapter 4" (Cham featuring Alicia Keys and Akon)


Chart (Original) (2006) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 99
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 22
U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Tracks 15
UK Singles Chart 62
Chart (Chapter Two featuring Alicia Keys) (2006) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 77
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 15
U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Tracks 13


  1. ^ Some sources claim Akon written his verse.

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