After collaborating with Loksi on the irresistible, hook laden song 'Flavour' in November last year, Stormzy is the must have voice of choice for Ghetts on his latest release 'Skengman'. After pairing up with various artists last year including Skepta, Jaykae and Che Lingo, Ghetts closed out his year with a autobiographical, soulful, solo single entitled 'Proud Family'.
Ghetts heartfelt, honest, tale full of harsh realities and vivid imagery was a piano scored, soft and tender song that was both open and frank. 'Skengman' is just as frank but totally different in almost every other respect.
Justin Clark, aka Ghetts, goes darker on his latest single, exploring the world of the skengman, the weapon carrying Londoners, how they move, how they dress ("Gloves mask, jet black coat") and how they operate. Ghetts, Ghetto and Stormzy adopt an altogether more sinister persona as they vocalise the track, and act out the video. To enhance the narrative in the film, it's all shot in black and white with the occasional knife cuts slashing through the frame.
Stormzy steps up to the plate about half way through the song and totally steals the show with his compelling presence, his lyrical prowess and his free flowing delivery, "I could talk about the kettles on the counter, But you know about the kettles on the counter, Look, I love a real life encounter, Its funny on the phone you're a shouter". "It's a big movie when I'm in it", Stormzy concludes, and he's not wrong.
Whilst Ghetts 'Skengman' has it's merits, and would undoubtedly have been a good song without Stormzy, it is definitely better with him. He just adds a special finishing touch that brings the song to life.
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