'the ghetto' is a place where I don't mind being from because suckers think you're a thug with thuggish tendencies- but for me, being 'straight out the ghetto' means not going back. I've been to my hometown maybe 7 times in the past 3 years and it's only 3 hours away. When I do go back I don't go see the 'crew' because all my ex-girlfriends have been knocked up twice by my unemployed ex-homeboys who still live at 'they momma's house' at the age of 24. I go back to visit my families and to paint my old spots... it is kinda cool that almost any corner store can be a legal wall. I do have friends that I visit with, but they are doing things besides selling drugs and betting on NFL Blitz or Madden Allstars. I have worked almost too hard to get where I am right now and when I'm done my kids will have a lot easier problems than being hungry and cold and stupid.