Ghetts has long stood as a figure of lyrical mastery within UK grime. His latest album, On Purpose, With Purpose, showcases an artist who has grown from a fiery MC into a sophisticated storyteller, demonstrating a mature perspective on personal, social, and political issues.

On the cusp of turning 40, Ghetts not only matches the critical success of his Mercury Prize-nominated Conflict of Interest. He arguably surpasses it.

The discourse surrounding the longevity of rappers as they age has been a topic of much discussion of late. André 3000, for example, ventured into entirely new musical territories post-Outkast. Ghetts, however, has chosen to delve deeper into his artistic essence, blending razor-sharp lyrical dexterity with a profound understanding of the importance of social commentary. On Purpose, With Purpose is a vivid illustration of this, marking a shift from the raw energy of his early days to a more reflective approach.

The album opener, Intro, sets this reflective tone. Utilizing a sample from Band of Thieves and an excerpt from Martin Luther King immediately establishes an atmosphere of solemn reverence. This track shifts into Mount Rushmore, where Ghetts joins forces with Top Boy star Kano and Wretch 32. These three grime giants collectively navigate a complex beat with the lyrical finesse and agility that have defined their careers. Double Standards, featuring the soulful contributions of Sampha, then stands out as a prime example of Ghetts' ability to weave complex narratives tackling issues of hypocrisy, colorism, and geopolitical injustices (I was on the phone with a pal of mine; they ask me why they helpin' Ukraine and not Palestine / And I replied "brown skin...").

Aside from the quintessentially Ghetts, Mount Rushmore, further standout tracks include Blood On My Hands, a harsh listen (“I don't play no instrument, but I made organs move in bodies”). Blessings, where prayer and purpose congregate against an amapiano backdrop, sees Ghetts exclaim, "Why do things have to be this way? / And still, we appreciate / Protect me from Evil Eye /Forgive me, and keep all my secret safe".

In Laps, the collaboration with South Africa’s Moonchild Sanelly, Ghetts ventures into gqom, the electronic music genre where Sanelly has established herself as a pioneering force. Hallelujah, featuring Dexta Daps and Gbedu, with Harry Aye, again showcases Ghetts' versatility, moving through genres with a natural ease that consistently highlights his vocal adaptability. The melodic richness of Hallelujah envelops the listener in warmth, while Gbedu introduces an Afrobeat collaboration that envelops Ghetts' vocals in a smooth, rhythmic embrace.

Ghetts' discography is one of an artist in constant motion. From the early days of Ghetto Gospel to the reflective layers of Conflict of Interest, On Purpose, With Purpose now stands at a career zenith, the confluence of his experiences, insights, and musings. Each track weaves together narratives of struggle, resilience, and redemption that resonate with the complexity of one of the UK's best rappers' multifaceted experiences.