Grind

Her name is Ghetto Ballerina and if that does not tell you everything you need to know

about this multi-faceted virtuosa from Namibia then I would suggest dropping everything you are

doing and pore over her musical catalogue right now. Just like her name suggests she is an

incredible mixture of grace and raw power, of unbridled swagger and finesse. She is the ballerina

in the ghetto. She embodies this juxtaposition perfectly in her song and video Grind. She

matches her hard-hitting delivery and full packed verses with the cleanly visage of a CEO in her

prime, directing her business affairs with ease. She raps about how hard she is working and what

she is working towards, holding nothing back as images of her in her different hats flit across the

scene. In one instance she is a mother, smiling and laughing in the park as she tells the audience

to focus on what you want and to ignore the status quo. In another she is in her actual

profession as a veterinarian as she explains how the streets show her love, so she has to show

them how to play chess in this world in which whatever you put in is exactly what you get out. In

the most prominent imagery, she leads a boardroom of all women as she stands at the front and

educates the listener that whatever the obstacle, your will and will alone is the difference

between being on your grind and falling to the wayside. She is everything she preaches and

undoubtedly serves as an example for the multitudes of women of all ages who tune into her

music to bask in her greatness. GB is successful not because she is lucky, but because she keeps

her head up and her shoulders set, unwilling to ever back down if backing down means stepping

off her Grind.

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