Ghetto (Akon song) -

Ghetto (Akon song)

Single by Akon
from the album Trouble
ReleasedDecember 21, 2004
Format12" vinyl
Songwriter(s)Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, Benny Darius
Producer(s)Akon, Benny-D
Akon singles chronology
"Find Us"

"Ghetto" is the second single from American singer-songwriter Akon's debut studio album, Trouble. The single was released on December 21, 2004, exclusively in Latin America and certain countries of Europe. The single peaked at #92 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. Akon describes the meaning of the song, reflected in the song's lyrics, as "a description of the cycle of poverty experienced by those living in poor, inner-city areas" (see ghetto). Additionally, it describes the physical and psychological oppression with which these residents must deal on a regular basis. The music video for the track was filmed in New Jersey, New Mexico, and the Navajo Nation reservation in Arizona.


Song information

Four official versions of the song exist. The main album version is sung entirely by Akon, and features on all versions of the album. The 2nd version is entitled the "International Remix", which features Dutch artists Ali B and Yes-R, and is listed as the main version of the track on the most prominent single formats. The third version is entitled the "US Remix", and features additional vocals from 2Pac (Tupac Shakur) and The Notorious B.I.G. (Christopher Wallace). The "US Remix" version is only on the promotional version (US promo CD single). The 4th version is entitled the "Reggaeton Remix", and features vocals from Tego Calderon. There is also a Spanish version of this song by MC Piri, called "Pueblo Libre".

The song isn't available on the iTunes version of the Trouble album.


Videos for the International Remix and Reggaeton Remix exist, and both appear on the main single format.

Track listing

US promo CD single[1]
  1. "Ghetto" - 3:57
  2. "Ghetto" (Remix) - 4:27
US 12" vinyl
  1. "Ghetto" - 3:57
  2. "Ghetto" (Reggaeton Remix) (Feat. Tego Calderón, Ali B & Yes R) - 5:40
  3. "Ghetto" (International Remix) (Feat. Ali B & Yes R) - 4:17
  4. "Ghetto" (Instrumental) - 3:57
Dutch 3CD single set[2]
  1. "Ghetto" (International Remix) (Feat. Ali B & Yes R) - 4:17
  2. "Ghetto" (Live On The Box, Amsterdam) - 3:46
  3. "Ghetto" (International Remix) (Feat. Ali B & Yes R) (Video) - 4:23
  1. "Ghetto" (International Remix) (Feat. Ali B & Yes R) - 4:17
  2. "Lonely" (Live On The Box, Amsterdam) - 3:41
  3. "Locked Up" (Live On The Box, Amsterdam) - 2:58
  1. "Ghetto" (International Remix) (Feat. Ali B & Yes R) - 4:17
  2. "Ghetto" (Reggaeton Remix) (Feat. Tego Calderon, Ali B & Yes R) - 5:40
  3. "Ghetto" (Reggaeton Remix) (Feat. Tego Calderon, Ali B & Yes R) (Video) - 5:40



External links

Categories: Akon songs | Tego Calderón songs | 2004 singles | 2004 songs | Songs written by Akon | Universal Music Group singles | Hip hop soul songs

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