premiere: dj maximum, shaky (ghetts remix)
He released his official debut album Rebel With A Cause earlier this year, and, last week, Ghetts dropped a brand new mixtape, Momentum 2. We premiere his remix of DJ Maximum's Shaky.
He released his official debut album Rebel With A Cause earlier this year, and, last week, Ghetts dropped a brand new mixtape, Momentum 2. Featuring the Ghetto side of the MC born Justin Clarke, i-D premiere's Ghetts' take on DJ Maximum's Boy Better Know banger, Shaky. Below, Ghetts explains his current state of mind on Shaky:
"Shaky is probably my favourite ever Boy Better Know tune. It's hard, still. Lyrically, my favourite bar from my version is 'I don't want to put the bally on I'm praying/ These MC's better let me know what the movie is and what character they're playing/ I been calm too long let me bring back Ghetto and tell man I'm here'… (laughs). The overall tune is me tapping into my old-skool style. I could say that bar in a clash because my old style was very based on 'I'm this, you're that'. There's not very much substance in it, but I know a lot of people gravitate towards that side of arrogance and ignorance of bars like that. There's surface fans that might more like that side and there's real fans. Surface fans are like 'I love Ghetts I'm his biggest fan'. 'What's Ghett's first CD?' 'I don't know'. I'm from an era where my peers aren't on the internet, they've got kids now. I have to speak for the people who will grow with me. I can't speak for the new kids who are fans of grime; it's for Stormzy to speak to them. I can't do that. It's not my job. I have to speak on how I've grown and then the people that have grown with me will relate to that because they've grown in the same manner. They've gone through fatherhood now, they've had three of four jobs now; they're not gonna relate to a 30 year-old spitting like I am on Momentum 2. They can't. It's impossible. They're not in that frame of mind no more. It's all good though because as long as I can do what I've done this year and release something for everyone, I'm good. If you like the arrogance and the ignorance, then definitely get Momentum 2, if you like something more mature then get Rebel With A Cause."
Text Hattie Collins