The man who is often credited to have pioneered the Hiplife genre, Reggie Rockstone has stated emphatically that Hiplife is not dead.
The grandpapa of Hiplife as he’s sometimes called, revealed this during a Question & Answer session on Twitter when one a fan asked him whether he agrees that Hiplife is fading because of the emergence Afrobeat.
In reply, Reggie strongly asserted that Hiplife is still vibrant and will never fade away.
“NOPE JUS A NATURAL EVOLUTION AND BECOS ALL ARE AFRICAN IT ALL BECOMES SEAMLESS! (Hip Life Is Not Dead. It’s Under The Radar. The Hip Hop Beat Structure And The Highlife Rhythm Cadence Lyrically Or Percussive-Wise Is Hella Ghanaian Very Powerful And Respected)35.”
On whether Afrobeat originated from Ghana and should be patented as such, Reggie Rockstone said,
“AFROBEAT HAS ITS ROOTS AND ORIGINS EXACTLY FROM WHERE THE TERM “AFRO” COMES FROM! A SLANG FOR AFRICA! IT COMES FROM AFRICA BY AFRICANS! UNCLE FELA IS AS AFRICAN AS YAW ASANTE! HE CAME TO GH MUCH AND SUM BAND MEMBERS WERE GH! PANAFRICAN TO THE BONE!”