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A staple of the grime scene
Ghetts is East London rapper Justin Clarke, who’s also gone by the monikers J.Clarke and Ghetto over the years.
His journey began in the borough of Newham, where he made his mark in the first wave of grime. As a teen, Clarke was a member of the formative collective N.A.S.T.Y Crew. His deep understanding of hip hop and literature, along with his ability to articulate himself in daily conversation made him a natural, and the scene has embraced him ever since.
Following a stint in prison, Clarke put out his debut mixtape 2000 & Life in 2005. He used the name Ghetto because his friends often kidded him about doing “ghetto things”.
A more reflective mixtape followed in 2007 called Ghetto Gospel that delved into his relationships with the women in his life – from his mother and sister to girlfriends. A year later the classic grime mixtape Freedom Of Speech arrived showcasing his rapid-fire flow and lyrical integrity.
In 2010, he released his fourth mixtape, The Calm Before The Storm, under the name Ghetts. However, it would be four more long years before his debut album Rebel With A Cause came out.
Ghetts’ follow-up album was 2018’s critically acclaimed Ghetto Gospel: The New Testament, containing the single Black Rose featuring Kojey Radical, which was inspired by his daughter and nominated for an Ivor Novello award for Best Contemporary Song. On the heels of this nomination, Ghetts embarked on his biggest ever headline UK tour as well as appeared at festivals like Reading & Leeds and Wireless.
Several tracks followed in 2019 and 2020 including the single Listen plus collaborations like Drill Work with Swindle, Legends Don’t Die with Rude Kid and Bad After We with Shy FX and Kojey Radical.
In January 2021, Ghetts unveiled his third studio album, Conflict Of Interest, which climbed the UK albums chart until reaching the No.1 spot. The 16-track collection boasts several more big-name collaborations with the likes of Stormzy, Skepta, Giggs, Miraa May, Emeli Sandé and Ed Sheeran. To support it, he announced a UK tour in November 2021.
Ghetts 2021 UK tour dates
- 14 November 2021 – Albert Hall, Manchester
- 17 November 2021 – O2 Institute Birmingham
- 18 November 2021 – SWX, Bristol
- 20 November 2021 – Roundhouse, London
Ghetts is touring the UK from 14 – 20 November 2021 in support of his new album Conflict Of Interest.
Ghetts will be visiting the following UK cities in 2021:
Tickets for Ghetts’ 2021 tour dates are on sale now.