Last week, British drill rap veteran Justin Clarke, a.ka Ghetts, released his third studio album Conflict of Interest.
The east London rhymer who got his start on pirate radio sets, rave rooms, and viral freestyles takes us on a journey with this conceptual 16-track project.
Ghetts is Back
Conflict of Interest, reveals all sides that make up the musician laid bare for all to see. “Tupac was a conflicted individual,” Ghetts says, “I felt that way for so long, too. I didn’t even understand my ting. I’m a black sheep in my family.”
It is a moral rollercoaster of the lingering thoughts of the 36-year old MC.
He continues to evolve and find new aspects of himself and that’s what the album shows. Regardless of where Ghetts is at in his journey, there is one thing that remains the motive: make great music for the culture.
“Where I am at right now is that everything has to sound amazing,” he says. From warm, throwback flows on garage tempos to intense club beats, Ghetts shows his variety and knowledge of music.
This may be Ghetts most ambitious, fully realized project yet. It features UK heavy-hitters like Ed Sheeran, Stormzy, Skepta, and more. The album also includes previously-released singles “Mozambique,” “IC3,” “Proud Family” and “Skengman.”
With this album, Ghetts honors the grime collectives he was a part of (NASTY Crew and The Movement) starting in the early 2000s while giving us the template for the genre’s future. His exceptional storytelling, lyrics, and flow are a unique style that keeps your head nodding and mind thinking.
Ghetts’ ongoing artistic evolution illustrates why he is an enduring artist becoming recognized as both one of the most influential elder statesman and most vital contemporary voices in grime.
The rapper also released a killer lyrical freestyle on Monday 22 with Charlie Sloth titled Fire in the Booth, Pt. 3 which was filmed in the desert.