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Ghetts

Hailing from a religious, musical family, Ghetts was exposed to gospel music and jazz long before he tapped into the underground garage scene infiltrating East London's airwaves and backstreets. At just 12, Ghetts locked in to jungle and garage, breathing in PAYG Cartel, Heartless Crew, and the raw mixes of friends and peers destined for the A-list.

Ghetts admits his own music had little focus or direction, labelling his efforts “just messing around”. Ghetts embarked on a music and drama course to hone his skills. Friends on the outside assured him there was a space for his music and, on release, he joined local N.A.S.T.Y Crew alongside Kano, Stormin and infrequent guests like Dizzee Rascal, Durrty Goodz, and Wiley.

He quickly became synonymous with fast flowing, hard hitting lyrics, and a unique style of ‘syllable rhyming’. With Kano – who was blowing up at the time – Ghetts found a musical soulmate. The two appeared together at the 2004 MOBOs and toured with Mike Skinner (The Streets) in 2005.

With 2005 mixtape “2000 and Life”, Ghetts was – alongside Tinchy Stryder, Tinie Tempah, Kano and Wiley – attracting major record label interest, but unlike his peers, Ghetts shunned the majors on the basis that the industry wasn't ready for him – and he wasn't ready for it.

Ghetts progress in the years since mixtape #1 has been all independent, all on his terms. He has toured the world, played the festivals and collaborated with some of the industry's biggest mainstream stars. In 2013, after taking time out to be a new Dad, Ghetts was again prepared talk record deals, but rather than courting the majors, he opted for start-up label Disrupt, and hasn't looked back.

During 2014 Ghetts has achieved so much and is still carving a path for success. Winning several music awards such as 'Hardest Working Artist' at the AIM Awards to 'Best Male' and 'Best Album' at this years Urban Music Awards. Ghetts has also been nominated for 2 BET Awards and 3 Mobo Awards and was privileged to perform live at both award shows.

2015 is set to be Ghetts' year, already embarking on releasing a new album / documentary plus with numerous awards under his belt, the grime MC is certainly making noises around the world.