Genre: Hip Hop/Rap
Ghettochild, born Paul Smith, was born and raised in Halifax’s North End Community of Uniacke Square. From a young age he has immersed himself in anything music related from pageants and community events as a child to battles and ciphers on the corners and in clubs as he grew up. Taking the stage name Ghettochild, he along with fellow Squaretown artists AWOL, T Bone D and Jordan Croucher (JRDN) created the scene changing team NEP. NEP released many mix tapes together before eventually branching out as solo artists. In addition to performing and recording as a solo artist, Ghettochild was later a part of the group Heavy Spittaz, gaining Canada-wide exposure for their hype sound and performance style. Ghettochild has released three mix tapes as a solo artist, 2003’s “Haligonian”, 2005’s “The Fax of Life” and 2007’s “Time to Get Serious”. Ghetto took his last mix tape title and ran with it spending the next three years working with award winning producers Classified, Tone Mason, Kuya Productions and other local up and comers to create and perfect his debut album, titled “In the Making”, released in 2010. Two singles from the album have been released. The first single ‘Welcome to Nova Scotia’, an east coast anthem, is a look at the history of African-Canadian culture which brings a vivid history lesson to its listeners. The second single ‘On the Move’ features local HalfLife Records artist Chad Hatcher and tells a harrowing story of life’s struggles. A VideoFact was awarded to Ghetto to create a video for ‘Welcome to Nova Scotia’ and he has recently released his video for ‘On the Move’ shot by Halifax’s Hansen-MacDonald Brothers from Trinocluar Films. In recent years Ghetto has had the opportunity to open for many international artists including Nas, KRS-One, Ludacris, Redman & Method Man, Kardinal Offishall, K-OS, Raekwon, TPain, Ne-Yo, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Choclair and Saukrates. In 2004, Ghetto was nominated for both ‘Best Up-and-Coming Artist’ and ‘Song of the Year’ by the African Nova Scotia Music Association. Ghetto has appeared on Jordan Crouchers 2007 debut album “No Dress Code” and Classifieds 2009 album “Self Explanatory” which gained him national exposure.