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Ghetts (formerly Ghetto)
Birth name Justin Reginald Clarke-Samuel
Also known as Ghetts
Origin Plaistow,London, England
Genres Grime
Occupations Musician
Years active 2003 - Present
Labels J. Clarke Enterprise
Associated acts The Movement, Scorcher, Wretch 32, Mercston, Devlin, Lightning

Justin Reginald Clarke Samuel (born 9 October 1984), better known by his stage name Ghetts (formerly Ghetto)[1] is a grime artist from Plaistow, Newham, East London of African-Caribbean (Jamaican/Grenadian) descent. 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]. He is associated and has toured internationally with such acts as Kano and was a member of NASTY Crew[6]. He is now a member of the crew known as The Movement which holds other grime artists such as Scorcher, Wretch 32, Mercston and Devlin. He has also featured on videos with The Streets and Professor Green.

He had clashes with such artists as Flirta D, iBoy, Napper, Chris Howe, Bashy and Wiley.[citation needed]

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History

Ghetto grew up listening to Hip Hop, Jazz, classical and Gospel Music. According to an interview in 2006, he acquired the nickname Ghetto because as a youth he was mischievous and his actions were classed as "ghetto".[citation needed]

About Ghetto

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. Ghetto is a very enthusiastic UK artist who has made a number of well-known songs within the UK Grime scene. He is also notorious in the UK music industry for his freestyling ability, being able to come up with lyrics off the top of his head during mc clashes with other artists. In 2008 he got nominated for a BET award for Best UK Act along with Chipmunk, Giggs and Skepta, in the end Giggs took home the award.

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2000 & Life

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

Ghetto Gospel

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 rapper. The pre-album also sold more copies on the first day of its release, than any other grime CD.[citation needed] He also claims that being around his family had a calming influence on him, he also states that he's maturing and wanted to make music that his father could appreciate.

The album is titled Ghetto Gospel to demonstrate that Ghetto 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]

Freedom of Speech

On March 10, Ghetto 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]

Future projects

Ghetto's "Sing For Me (Electro Remix)"; produced by Rude Kid another well known producer in the grime scene has had attention from the mainstream market. This single has been signed by the "All Around The World" record label, (also known as AATW) who specialise in electronic dance music and is also home to acts such as N-Dubz and Cascada. On BBC 1xtra Ghetto Announced on DJ Mister Jams shows that if the single does well he will release his debut album under AATW. He assured fans that he will release his album even if he doesn't acquire the album deal.[citation needed]

Debut album

Ghetto's debut album, Rebel With A Cause was due to be released in 2009.[10] However now he has confirmed that his album will be released next year. He plans to release a mixtape entitled Calm Before The Storm before his debut album too.

Discography

Mixtapes

Year Title
2005 2000 & Life
2007 Ghetto Gospel
2008 Freedom of Speech
TBA Calm Before The Storm

Albums

Year Title
TBA Rebel With A Cause

Physical Singles

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References

External links

Year Title Chart Positions Album
UK Singles Chart
2008 "Top 3 Selected" - "Ghetto Gospel"
"Sing For Me" - -
2009 "Sing 4 Me (Remix)" - -
"Don't Phone Me (Ft. Griminal) - -
"Don't Phone Me Remix (Ft. Fumin & Lil Nasty)" - -
2009/2010 "Skadoosh (Ft. Maxsta & Doller Da Dustman)" - -

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