Justin Reginald Clarke Samuel
(born 9 October 1984), better known by his stage name Ghetts
) is a grime
artist from Plaistow
, east London of African-Caribbean
(Jamaican/Grenadian) Ghanaian descent. His music has been played on national radio stations such as BBC Radio 1
, Kiss 100
, BBC Asian Network
and BBC Radio 1Xtra
. He is associated and has toured internationally with such acts as Kano
and was a member of NASTY Crew.
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.
2005: 2000 & Life
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.