The originator of popular Ghanaian genre hiplife, Reginald Yaw Asante Osei a.k.a Reggie Rockstone has revealed the biggest achievement of the genre he created.
According to the hiplife grandpa in an interview with Amansan Krakye on Radio Central, one of the biggest achievement of hiplife is employment.
“The biggest achievement of hiplife is the employment, it has created jobs. Without hip life I don’t know what some of these would have been doing. It brought a lot of employment, from radio, television, it’s affected everything. If hip life didn’t come like Jay Z and the rest won’t come to Ghana. It’s created jobs, today Sarkodie can be on a billboard. It has created a lot of avenues for the young to express themselves”, he disclosed.
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Aside from the employment, hiplife as a music genre has also become a source of entertainment.
“Apart from that it’s hip life we use to entertain ourselves in town, we dance with it at parties and other places. Music is food for the soul so we are feeding the soul”, he added.
Hiplife as a genre came into existence in the late 90s through Reggie Rockstone and it’s a mixture of highlife and hip-hop, basically songs with chorus and rap.
Through hiplife we have names like Obrafour, Sarkodie, Guru, Yaa Pono, Okyeame Kwame and others.
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