The grandpapa of high-life music in Ghana, Reggie Rockstone has come out once again to credit himself as the originator of the genre.
Though the ace Ghanaian rapper has been credited for blending Hip Hop and High Life to create the genre, award-winning music producers like Zapp Mallet and Panji Anoff, have challenged reports of Reggie Rockstone being the founder of Hip Life.
Zapp Mallet had in 2015 said; “when Reggie Rockstone came down from the UK, he came with his partner and they both had the hip-hop culture which was sweeping all over the globe as it were at that time and some of us thought that we could go to our root, our heritage and do something Ghanaian, more African and merge hip-hop with our identity”.
“An identity that will project the Ghanaian culture so Michael Kuku who was an instrumentalist then and I decided to name that class of music hip-life and it worked,” the celebrated record producer added.
But these comments didn’t sit well with Reggie Rockstone who slammed him but apologized after.
The conversation came up again during the “Maka Maka” rapper’s conversation with New York-based event promoter and media personality, Afrobeats Kween for Glitteratieent, where Reggie Rockstone opined that anyone who says he didn’t bring hip life to Ghana is a liar.
“They are lying and they know they are lying, if I wasn’t here live looking good, they will probably lie on me … there’s nobody out here that don’t know Reggie Rockstone set it up, I didn’t just set it up, I am still here doing stuff,” he said.
The father of 4 stressed that “my mother used to say even if you didn’t create Hip Life, you would have been the creator of Hip Life, ain’t nobody put in work like I did. As to where they heard the two words, Hip Life, they can never tell you otherwise, is in only one song “Tsoo Boi”. Tsoo Boi is the first time you gonna hear those 2 words”.