The Hip-Life genre has been with the people of Ghana decades ago and it has been the only original genre we can boast of as Ghanaians. Founder Reggie Rockstone initiated the movement and got accepted by the entire country within a couple of years.
When Obrafour a.k.a. Rap Sofo appeared in the scene, he changed what the genre used to be to a more appealing one with his album “Pae Mu Ka” which still remains the best HipLife album of all times. From that stage, the genre went under lots of transformation and got to a point where the original feel of the genre couldn’t be traced anymore.
Obrafour however, went into more singing and made songs targeting more matured audience with the youth on his mind as well. During that period, he had to do what is expected of him which is doing songs appreciating the almighty God for giving him another chance to live after a terrible illness.
The music trend in Ghana has either been Dancehall or Hip-Hop; and sadly, only a handful of artistes openly admitted that they do HipLife. Afrobeats became the most common genre and even the most notable Dancehall and Hip-Hop artistes needed to merge it in to stay relevant.
Obrafour has proved to Ghanaians what Hip-Life should sound like. There have been many discussions about if the Genre Hip-Life still exists and what its features are. Our questions got answered when Obrafour released “Kasahari” and “No Vote” just days ago.
Once again, we are proud to hear something we can all call Hip-Life and the people of Ghana appreciating once again. Listening to lyrics in the above mentioned releases, we know Obrafour is about to set the country ablaze with even more fire.
Even though those lyrics are controversial, we admit that’s the beauty of rap music—To entertain and create competition among artistes to work harder and not relax in their comfort zone. Obrafour is back and Hip-Life is about to take its spot in the music scene! Long live Hip-Life music!
Article by Mr. Aborga (@MisterAborga)