Ghetto (Akon song)

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Single by Akon
from the album Trouble
Released December 21, 2004
Format 12" vinyl
Recorded 2003-2004
Genre Hip hop soul
Length 3:57
Label SRC/Universal
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 Billboard Hot 100. Akon describes the song's lyrics as "a description of the cycle of poverty experienced by those living in poor, inner-city areas. Additionally, it describes the physical and psychological oppression with which these residents must deal on a regular basis. The 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", 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 and The Notorious B.I.G. This version only features on the promotional version of the song. The 4th version is entitled the "Reggaeton Remix", and features vocals from Tego Calderon. The song isn't available on the iTunes version of the Trouble album. There is also a Spanish version of this song, called "Pueblo libre" by MC Piri. 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]
  • CD1
  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
  • CD2
  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
  • CD3
  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


Chart (2004–05) Peak
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[3] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 92
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[5] 53


  1. ^ "Images for Akon - Ghetto". Retrieved 2012-02-17.
  2. ^ "Akon Featuring Ali B & Yes-R - Ghetto (CD) at Discogs". Retrieved 2012-02-17.
  3. ^ " – Akon feat. Ali B & Yes-R – Ghetto Remix" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  4. ^ "Akon Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  5. ^ "Akon Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard.

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