The Ghetto by Donny Hathaway

“The Ghetto” is a soulful and socially conscious song by American soul singer Donny Hathaway. The song was written by Hathaway and Leroy Hutson and released in 1970 as part of Hathaway’s self-titled debut album. “The Ghetto” is a poignant commentary on the struggles of life in the inner city, focusing on poverty, crime, and social injustice. Hathaway’s soulful voice and heartfelt delivery make the lyrics even more powerful, and the song has become a classic of 1970s soul music. In addition to its musical legacy, “The Ghetto” has also had a lasting impact as a social and political statement, addressing issues of inequality and poverty that continue to affect communities around the world.


Donny Hathaway was an American soul singer and songwriter known for his soulful voice and his ability to convey intense emotion in his music. He was born on October 1, 1945, in Chicago, Illinois, and began his music career as a gospel singer.

Hathaway first gained widespread recognition in the late 1960s and early 1970s with hits such as “The Ghetto,” “This Christmas,” and “Someday We’ll All Be Free.” He collaborated with other musicians, including Roberta Flack, with whom he recorded several duets, including the Grammy-winning “Where Is the Love.”

Despite his success, Hathaway struggled with mental health issues throughout his life and was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. He died tragically on January 13, 1979, at the age of 33, after falling from the 15th floor of a New York City hotel. His music has continued to inspire and influence musicians and fans alike, and he is considered one of the greatest soul singers of all time.