Originator of Hiplife music genre , Reggie Rockstone has made an astonishing revelation that he would have taken the business part of music more seriously if the Hiplife revolution, which he led, happened today.
Speaking on Class FM the Grandfather of Hiplife while answering a question from a listener regarding whether if he would have done things differently, with the advantage of hindsight accentuated that
“Yes,because there’s always room for improvement. I believe in that.” He marveled at the discovery of “amazing talents” and how “people have been able to create and earn a living [from] this [genre].”
According to the ‘Makaa Maka’ monster hit rapper, he would have put the business side of his craft much higher because it’s called show business (showbiz) — confessing that because the passion and ease of music creation was just a gift God gave him he never thought about it from the business side of things.
“Today, knowing the world and how things have been positioned, I would have probably looked at it from a more business standpoint,” Reggie noted
He was quick to question that: “Who’s to say that if I had done it from a business standpoint, I would have given my all?” “Maybe the freeness of it; the very selflessness of it is what made it get to the people,” he answered
Returning to the importance of viewing music, in this case Hiplife, as a business venture, he considered the economic boost the genre and its attending revolution could have given Ghana if it had been mindfully engineered.
“I do realise that economically, it could really have helped my country,” he said“You know, you get to travel all over the world,” he added,
He stated contentedly that even though he never took the business side seriously, artists like: “Sarkodie, Black Sherif, Shatta Wale, came from a seed that was sown and ” I’ve lived long enough to see what it has become,”