“In a time where individuality is underrated, I feel it’s important to encourage young people to be themselves, after all, they are next in line to carry the responsibility of changing the world. I can’t wait to perform for Apprentice Nation on the 22nd of April – I believe in being fearless and seizing every opportunity that’s for you.” – Ghetts
Born Justin Clark and previously known as Ghetto, Ghetts from East London has become a chart-topping artist in the UK and not just as a Black artist or a rapper.
It’s his different identities that inspired the cover of his 3rd album, Conflict of Interest. Released in February, it was met with critical acclaim: 5 stars across the board!
GRM Daily says that this latest album has ‘made Ghetts’ position at the top of the tree undeniable’. If you haven’t heard it yet then plug in your headphones before he sets the stage on fire at the Apprentice Nation Live Show!
The album includes collaborations with some of the best on the scene including Stormzy, PA Salieu, Skepta, Giggs, Dave, Jaykae, and Wretch 32.
Listening to Skengman, 10,000 Tears or Hop Out will give you a quick understanding of why his music has people raving. That’s not all of it though. Take a look at this video series ‘the evolution of Ghetts’
Ghetts hasn’t had an easy or clear-cut route to his current success and that’s the other half of his story you really need to hear.
Ghetts has tackled challenges throughout his life and after he left prison in 2003, he made a decision to take control of his life and music career.
An early pioneer of Grime, Ghetts has had to make himself stand out from the crowd regardless of who the competition was.
“I always felt like the underdog, the underrated one, so I always felt like I had to do 10 times more than the other person.” (BBC, 2018)
For every artist, criticism can be expected when you put your work out there. Ghetts learned not to take each piece of criticism as a “personal attack”. Instead, he takes that feedback and uses it to become better at his craft.
“In order to be the best version of me, it’s just more listening”
Ghetts is on tour in November but you can catch him first live on Apprentice Nation on 22 April! Sign up to Apprentice Nation to find out more.