The originator of popular Ghanaian genre hip life, Reginald Yaw Asante Osei a.k.a Reggie Rockstone has revealed the biggest achievement of the genre he created.
According to the hip life grandpa in an interview with Amansan Krakye on Radio Central, one of the biggest achievement of hip-life is employment.
“The biggest achievement of hip-life 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.
Aside from employment, hip-life as a piece of music 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. It’s a mixture of high life and hip hop and it’s basically songs with chorus and rap.
Through hip-life, we have names like Obrafour, Sarkodie, Guru, Yaa Pono, Okyeame Kwame and others.
Source: Wyse Brain