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Best of British: Connecting with English grime rapper Ghetts [Interview]

Toronto, ON – As we reported the other day, a new aspect of Canadian Music Week this year is a highly anticipated British hip-hop showcase featuring some of the UK’s most popular artists.

One of the four acts on the bill is English grime rapper Ghetts (formerly known as Ghetto), also known as his alter ago, J.Clarke. Ghetts caught up with HipHopCanada’s Toronto rep, Logik (Stolen From Africa) for a brief Q&A to discuss the trip to Toronto and the Canadian Music Week showcase.

After releasing a series of popular mixtapes between 2005 and 2011, and EP in 2010, Ghetts released his debut studio album this past March on indie label, Disrupt. Rebel With A Cause entered the UK charts at No. 23 and is available for purchase on iTunes.

Punch presents the Best of British showcase tonight inside Baltic Avenue (875 Bloor Street W.) with performances by Ghetts, Little Simz, Macca and DJ Ace.

Click the jump to check out Q&A with Ghetts.

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Ghetts: Q&A

Interview conducted by Logik (Stolen From Africa) for HipHopCanada

HipHopCanada: First to start off, I want to say welcome to Toronto. Great to have you out here for Canadian Music Week.

Ghetts: Definitely, my pleasure man.

HipHopCanada: Is this your first time here?

Ghetts: Yeah, this is my first time here.

HipHopCanada: When I called you earlier, you were still in the process of going through customs. Do you want to speak on that experience?

Ghetts: Yeah, that’s cool. I was with immigration, it was cool, I told them I’m here for Canadian Music Week. They asked me a few questions, checked my background and what not, and they let me free, I’m here.

HipHopCanada: The title of your recently released album is Rebel With A Cause. So my question is, what is your cause?

Ghetts: My cause is the culture, man. You know like, really representing the culture to the fullest. I feel like now we’re at a time where we need to bring the culture back to the forefront. Like it has to be all about the music instead of just making music for radio or what the radio going to play or… you know what I’m saying. I feel that music has lost authenticity. I kinda wanna be part of rebuilding that.

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HipHopCanada: Amazing, that’s bless. In your music you have your alter egos, J.Clarke and Ghetts. What are the pros of having two personalities?

Ghetts: The pros are that, people that really enjoy the versatility of the artist and it really does help me be more creative.

HipHopCanada: What role does spiritually play on your life and your music?

Ghetts: A lot, I’m a very, very, spiritual person. I believe in God, I believe in heaven, [and] I believe in hell. So as I’m getting older, I’m starting to like, really be careful with the discisions that I make. Therefore, what I say in my music you know what I’m saying, I’m more aware. I’m also aware of the things that I do, more than I’ve ever been.

HipHopCanada: Out here in Toronto, Jamaican culture, Jamaican slang, is a big influence, even with artists. A lot of the words we use come from Jamaican culture and I’ve noticed that in London [UK] there’s a very similar connection as well. I want you to speak on that.

Ghetts: Yeah, I met Tre Mission a few years ago, he’s from here. I met him a few years ago in London and we was taking about this, and I think it’s because in England, my parents… or my parents’ parents, come from fresh from Jamaica. So it’s still relatively in our blood stream and it’s very similar here. Where parents are from, Jamaica, culture is in our homes so that’s what the similarities are. Even like, I’ve only been here for a few hours, I just come out on the main strip, and some people recognized me, and they say they’re really into grime… but Jamaican culture, the confidence is what made it spread worldwide.

HipHopCanada: Ok, so my last question is that we’re having the British Hip-Hop Showcase this Thursday. What are some things we can expect the event?

Ghetts: It’s going to be very energetic, you know, the crowd is going to enjoy it, it’s going to be a sick show man, its going to be sick.

HipHopCanada: Do you have any last words or shout-outs?

Ghetts: Yeah man, big up everyone from Toronto, Canada, ya dun know it’s love, from the other side to this side here. So yeah man, that’s it.

HipHopCanada: That’s big, respect for the interview, and we’ll definitely catch up with you on Thursday.

Ghetts: Ok no problem man, thank you.

Interview conducted by Logik (Stolen From Africa) for HipHopCanada

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