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Ghetts who is undoubtedly one of the finest purveyors of British music, proved exactly why he’s frequently branded as the GOAT with an unforgettable show in Camden’s Roundhouse last night. Conflict of Interest which reached number two in the charts and scooped a Rated Award for the album of the year, has been rightfully lauded as Ghetts’ magnum opus by fans and critics alike.
For an artist who has been active since 2003, Ghetts is certainly not showing any signs of ageing, in fact like the opener of the album aptly suggests, he is ageing like “Fine Wine”. Ghetts is no stranger to Roundhouse, he graced the legendary venue four years earlier for the ten year anniversary of his iconic mixtape Ghetto Gospel. Once again Ghetts of course did not fail to pack out the venue, and his trusty DJ Rude Kid, was in charge of opening up proceedings as he deftly weaved in a range of bangers both old and new. The stage was mostly shrouded in darkness, except for two faintly visible bandstands; which was an early indication of what the virtuoso Ghetts had in store for us.
After Rude Kid kept the energy high for the first two hours, Ghetts casually strolled onto centre stage and calmly delivered thought provoking cut “Squeeze”. As the darkness on the stage was lifted, a Conflict of Interest tank was revealed which Ghetts sat atop, as he effortlessly began to move through the albums classic material. The first of many surprises of the night, was during “Fire and Brimstone”, where Ghetts was joined by Dizzee Rascal who performed the tracks adlibs live, to raucous approval from the boisterous audience, who had been whipped into a frenzy by the earlier performance of “Hop Out”.
One might be forgiven for thinking that the night was going to be endless hype, but Ghetts a consummate professional, ensured that the night was layered with a range of his deeper, slower tracks. He took to centre stage to deliver rap ballad “10,000 Tears”, and was joined on stage by Emeli Sande for “Sonya”. It’s incredibly difficult to have a bad show when the music is a good as Conflict of Interest, but the pacing of the show was another noteworthy point as Ghetts reminded us just how deep his discography is, giving a heartfelt performance of “Legends Dont Die” in honour of the late Stormin, before uplifting the crowd again with the bouncy garage riddim “Good Hearts”. He then swiftly moved into an epic old skool style set with Rude Kid. Ghetts showed the true skill, and showmanship that he posses as he jumped on a range of classic grime instrumentals at break neck speed.
Although the night had already far surpassed everyone’s expectations, Ghetts reminded us that it was far from over as he began bringing out some of his features, with an epic performance from Suspect on “Houdini”, Shakka on “Know my Ting” and the holy grail, being joined by Kano for an epic back to back performance of “Class of Deja”. With so many great songs left, the anticipation was huge. Ghetts most certainly did not disappoint, calling on the next generation stars, Pa Salieu and BackRoad Gee for “No Mercy” and none other than the landlord Giggs for their collaborative banger “Crud”.
At this point it was almost no surprise that Big Mike added to the lore of the legendary night by joining Ghetts for “Skengman”, which as you might expect produced one of the biggest reactions. The calibre of artist that Ghetts was able to pull in to assist him, further proves how well respected Ghetts is by his peers, and it’s great to see that he’s finally being given his flowers by the mainstream.
Ghetts closed the flawless night with “Mozambique”, and to all those that were there, it was clear that this show was to be etched in stone as one of the greatest ever. After an incredible year, it will be really exciting to see what Ghetts has in store of us next.