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HIPLIFE NO LONGER HOW IT USED TO BE – Kofi Mole

Edward Kofi Agyemang Amoah, better known by his stage name as Kofi Mole, claims that hip-life music is no longer a successful genre in the music business.

Hiplife is a genre of music derived from American hip-hop, which fuses Ghanaian culture and the hip-hop genre. It is known to be originated by Ghana’s hip-life ‘Grand Papa’, Reggie Rockstone, and has been the claim to fame of many Ghanaian artists in the music industry.

The lack of active hiplife musicians in the music industry, according to the young rapper, has caused hiplife in Ghana to decline from its former prominence. He continued by saying that hiplife had given way to more American-style hip-hop as rap in Ghana matured and altered.

“I don’t know; maybe it’s because we don’t have artists that currently make mention of hiplife in their music unlike Reggie Rockstone who persistently made mention of hiplife in his music,” he revealed.

In an interview with HypeMan Ferggy on Y97.9FM’s Friday Night Mix, he claimed that the rise of the internet increased awareness of rap music and hip-hop culture and exposed many young Ghanaian rappers to it. As a result, hip-hop in Ghana progressively replaced hip-life.

“Since the internet season came, we got so exposed to hip-hop and outside and the music outside of Ghana; their culture and everything; The young ones who came up now tried to vibe with the Hip-hop culture I mean the hip-hop from America’s culture,” he hinted.

Meanwhile, the ‘Don’t Be Late’ hitmaker noted that hip-hop in Ghana which also has fragments of Ghanaian culture in it stems from hiplife because both genres are rap genres but only thrive because there are currently more artists that represent the hip-hop genre in the music industry.

 

 

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