Justin Clarke (Ghetts)

Ghetts

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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. Before a stint in jail, Ghetts admits his own music had little focus or direction, labelling his efforts 'just messing around'.

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, done the festivals and collaborated with some of the industry's biggest mainstream stars. In 2013, after taking time out to be a dad, Ghetts was again prepared talk record deals, but rather than courting the majors, he opted for start-up label Disrupt.

The first major release on Disrupt, fittingly, is Ghetts' début album Rebel with a Cause, in 2013. 

This first label release by the underground star who did it his way, plus an intelligent and searching juxtaposition of the Rebel and Cause concepts that define the man and the genre in which he plies his trade, makes this record one of grime's most hotly anticipated releases of all time.

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