Review: Ghetts - 'rebel With A Cause'
‘What’s the point of breathing if your eyelids remain shut?’
Ghetts released his highly-anticipated studio album ‘Rebel With A Cause’ on March 9. The 17-track LP includes features from the likes of Cameron Broomfield, Folly Rae, Rapid, KOF and of course Giggs on the fiery ‘Gas Mark 9’, which Ghetts revealed is his favourite collaboration on the album. “It has great energy!”
Alongside the grimey sound you'd expect from Ghetto, the LP features jazz, reggae and rock influences, with production from various UK talents ranging from The Confectionary, Splurge Boys, Prince Rapid and Nutty P.
On his latest effort, Justin gathers his life experiences - dark and light - his view on the injustices he witnesses, the anger he feels about them, new found responsibility as he enters ‘Fatherhood’ and directs it all into his recordings on an emotive level in razor sharp form.
I ask the east Londoner what his favourite track on the album is. “Probably ‘Fatherhood’... It's so close to the heart.”
‘It must be cause I hate my reality, that’s why I’m on the verge of embracing sanity!’
His journey of exploring the truth about the world and putting them into his recordings means the subject of politics also finds a place on the album, as was signalled by his mention of David Cameron on ‘Rebel’ prior to the album drop. He told The Wrap Up his cause is “all about rebuilding the culture.”
We also hear his social viewpoint on ‘Stand On’ as the 29-year-old expresses his thoughts on ‘world leaders guilty of some major crimes’, with the idea that the information the media shares with us may not be as black and white as it appears on paper.
‘Rupert Murdoch is participating in deceiving ya; it’s what I don’t see that worries me, it’s what I don’t hear that troubles me...’
What does Ghetts want you take from the album? “The substance – I want them to listen and relate to it, rather than it just be another CD to listen to.”
Words: Maz Khan (@MazHalima)