MC and artist Ghetts received his first ever Ivor Novello Award nomination a few weeks ago, when his hard-hitting 2018 track Black Rose was shortlisted in the Best Contemporary Song category.
It’s the culmination of a measured climb to the top for the East London grime ace, who dropped his first ever release, the Ghetto Gospel mixtape, over a decade ago.
Always staying clear of the hype, he’s since delivered on every front, keeping an authentic, pared back edge to his sound.
His recent collaboration with Kojey Radical further upped the ante, with their single Black Rose emerging as one of the most essential tracks of last year.
Inspired by his six-year-old daughter, it helped spark a positive discussion about how society treats black women, and led him all the way to The Ivors’ red carpet this year.
We were on hand to find out more about the track and why songwriting is like therapy for Ghetts…