Reggie Rockstone is the originator of hiplife – Appietus

Veteran Ghanaian music producer, Appietus, has reaffirmed the pivotal role of Reggie Rockstone in the creation and popularization of Hiplife, a genre that blends Ghanaian highlife music with hip-hop influences.

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In a recent interview on Channel One TV, discussing the topic of “Ghana’s Musical Identity” Appietus, emphasized that Reggie Rockstone deserves recognition and credit for his pioneering efforts in the early 1990s. According to him, Rockstone's vision and innovation laid the foundation for a new wave of Ghanaian music that has since become a staple in the country's entertainment industry.

While hiplife legend Reggie Rockstone has insisted for years that he originated hiplife, several key personalities who contributed immensely to the genre’s growth have disputed the claim.

"Reggie Rockstone is undeniably the originator of Hiplife," Appietus stated. "He brought a unique fusion of highlife and hip-hop that resonated with the youth and created a whole new musical movement. Without Reggie's groundbreaking work, Hiplife as we know it today wouldn't exist."

Reggie Rockstone, often referred to as the "Godfather of Hiplife," released his debut album "Makaa Maka" in 1997, which was a critical and commercial success. The album featured hits like "Keep Your Eyes on the Road" and "Sweetie Sweetie," which combined traditional Ghanaian sounds with contemporary rap lyrics and beats.

Appietus also highlighted Rockstone's influence beyond music production, noting his impact on the culture and identity of Ghanaian youth. "Reggie didn't just create a genre; he gave young Ghanaians a voice and a way to express themselves. He made it cool to embrace our heritage while staying relevant in the global music scene," he said.

As Hiplife celebrates its legacy and ongoing evolution, the contributions of pioneers like Reggie Rockstone are essential in understanding the genre's roots and its impact on Ghana's cultural landscape.

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