Ghanaian renowned rapper and songwriter, Kwame Ametepee Tsikata, popularly known as M.anifest, has revealed that the Hiplife genre is dead.
In a documentary by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) titled ‘Hiplife Rewind’, M.anifest made the statement about how the indigenous Ghanaian genre, Hiplife has been ignored for years.
The “God MC” stated that the reason why he believes Hiplife is dead, is because the younger generation is no longer intereste, and the originators failed to evolve with the sound and times.
Hiplife is dead because the driving force of the music is the younger people and the younger people do not identify what Hiplife is. The originators of Hiplife were a bit too precious about what it should be so as new versions sonically were happening, you could hear people saying, ‘Oh, this Jama, this Azonto, is watered down, it’s not real’, you have to evolve or perish and that is what any music form has to understand,” he said in the documentary.
Reggie Rockstone is credited as the originator of the Hiplife genre in Ghana.
The genre birthed Ghanaian megastars like VVIP (formerly VIP), Tic (formerly Tic Tac), Lord Kenya, Kontihene, Obrafour, Okyeame Kwame, M.anifest, M3nsa, Sarkodie, etc.