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This British Rapper’s Video Dedicated To Black Women Is Being Praised For Its Empowering Message

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This British Rapper’s Video Dedicated To Black Women Is Being Praised For Its Empowering Message


 Ghetts, a UK rapper whose music video for his song “Black Rose” has been described as “an absolute masterpiece”.

The single is the lead track from his latest album “Ghetto Gospel: The New Testament” and is winning fans for its powerful message against colorism in the black community.

It’s not just the video people love, but the lyrics too. It also features vocals from the artist and musician Kojey Radical who sings the chorus: “And they say sticks don’t break no bones but their words might still hit home”.

The video, directed by female director Netti Hurley, opens with the rapper’s young daughter asking, “Daddy, how come there’s no dolls that look like me in the shop?”


Speaking to BuzzFeed News at the Rated Awards, Ghetts, real name Justin Clarke, said: “To be fair, it wasn’t something I thought out. I walk in to the studio with a blank page. I can’t go in there and think ‘today I am going to make a song like this.’

“On the day that I walked in the studio that’s what I was feeling that day and I thought that it would be important that I lead with that song as it would set the tone for my album.”

n the video, he raps: “There’s something called opinions and I really can’t escape those. Ew, he’s black and he’s ugly, nah I’m black and I’m lovely.”

He continues: “Baby keep doing you. Don’t let the world ruin you. No matter what they say, you are beautiful, beauty’s in the eye of the beholder.”

In a sit-down interview with BBC Radio 1Xtra host Yasmin Evans, the 33-year-old rapper also said: “Just looking at my daughter and thinking about her future, just looking at her and thinking, do you know what – in our race there’s a colourism thing and I want to prepare you for what may be to come.

“And I feel like as the first man that’s she’s ever going to love, I should be the one to empower her. So when she does face these struggles – hopefully she won’t – but if she does face these struggles then at that point she will be strong and it won’t break her down especially when we’re in an era now where the internet is so effective on our lives. I just feel like, you know what? I don’t want to see my daughter have to go through that.”




Ghetto Gospel: The New Testament is described as a culturally relevant interpretation of the veteran performer’s life. It touches on topics of equality, female empowerment, cancer, crime, and fatherhood.

You can watch the full video here: