The end of the decade proved fruitful for GHSTLY XXVII. Returning to the scene with two fresh tracks titled ‘Chat‘ and ‘Business‘, he reminded us how powerful the boom of his patois delivery is over a couple of dark side beats. To kick off the new year, he’s released a video to accompany the track ‘Trust’, which dropped in 2018 and was featured in a short film called ‘Take Me‘. It depicts a family of four who have fallen into a precarious financial situation. Struggling to make ends meet, we see the decisions each of them make in response to finding themselves in such an environment.
GHSTLY’s delivery takes on a reflective mood compared to his usual sound boy style. Zooming in on paranoia, he asks “who can I trust/who can I trust?” as the video shows a scene of one of the titular characters cutting a fearful look on the stairs. The beat – produced by Lemzly Dale – is a grainy cut. It feels dusty and lived in, like something unearthed from the annals of an old school hip hop producer. As the track unrolls from the speakers, GHSTLY speaks on the atmosphere of his area; noting lack of opportunities for the young people that live there, lamenting government ignorance and remarking how police surveillance is always in the rear view.
‘Trust’ is a great track, as video and lyrics sync up to fit the narrative of the track. What’s most impressive is that GHSTLY rides through a host of pertinent subject matter, driving home his thoughts about the world around him.