Stormin’ the scene with good friend, Ghetts … Rest in Perfect Peace, Stormin.
No truer words have ever been spoken. Expect nothing less from the legend, or in our humble opinion, one of the forefathers of Grime; Ghetts fka as Ghetto … or Freedom, depending on who you ask.
Ghetts pulled absolutely no punches, and powerfully hitting home with his latest record, “Legends Don’t Die”; beautifully shot & editied by two promising directors in Saoud Khalaf & Jordan Robinson.
This eloquently-composed beat produced by none other than legendary Grime producer, Rude Kid (a dynamic duo, when they come together); Ghetts pays homage and celebrates the life of childhood friend, Grime legend and Plaistow compatriot, Stormin’; who sadly passed away last year of chronic ill-health.
Ghetts gracefully reminisces his frequent encounters with the late Grime & DnB MC, as well as paying respects to other members of the UK’s urban scene who had all regretfully passed away over the years; Major Ace, Depzman & Cadet, more recently to name a few. Not to mention featuring his good friend, Jess – whom he dedicated the track “Jess Song” on his 2018 album “Ghetto Gospel: The New Testament”.
Through many interviews and posts on social media, Ghetts has made no secret of where his moniker originated from; with Stormin conveniently imposing the name “Ghetto” onto the Plaistow-born rapper, born Justin Clarke (it was either that or Freedom, so let us give thanks to Stormin’ once again aha).
The name was pretty much solidified when a track was released well over a decade ago, with Stormin’ and additional Grime forefather, Sharky Major; entitled, “Ghetto” (produced by the legendary Jammer) with a lyric in the hook quoting:
Life that I’m living is Ghetto/
Day-by-day in the Ghetto/
Back in the days, me and bredrin and Ghetto/
Licking off blocks, bare-faced in the Ghetto, the Ghetto, the Ghetto”
Stormin’ repeating the term “Ghetto” 6 times; it was evident to see that there was no way Ghetts was getting out of this one. But what a blessing indeed, as the two rappers both went on to have phenomenal careers; starting out as neighborhood friends.
It’s a beautiful thing, that you love to see.
For this week’s #MondayMotivation , we would like to drive home the importance of friendship & relishing your loved-ones whilst they are present – as well as the importance of supporting one another; like what Stormin’ did for Ghetts & vice-versa.
Be sure to watch & stream “Legends Don’t Die” below.
Words by Kofi KAD.