Ghetto Story (2006) He may not be a household name in the U.S., but Cham's booming rhymes have been boosting Kingston riddims for about a decade. On Ghetto… 2006-08-15 Cham
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Ghetto Story (2006)

Details Release Date: Aug 15, 2006; Lead Performance: Cham

He may not be a household name in the U.S., but Cham's booming rhymes have been boosting Kingston riddims for about a decade. On Ghetto Story, his major-label debut, the Jamaican vocalist takes advantage of producer Dave ''The Stranger'' Kelly's gritty lo-fi pulses, his unmistakable baritone adding bravado and empathy to each minimal loop. And with its unflinching take on poverty and violence, the remarkable title track—and its superior remix featuring Akon—goes lengths to secure Cham's place among his country's celebrated soul rebels.

Originally posted Aug 11, 2006 Published in issue #891-892 Aug 18, 2006 Order article reprints