Gh hiphop

Gh hiphop, Gh rap or Ghana hip hop is a hip hop genre, subculture and art movement which developed in Ghana during the late 1990s. The hiphop genre came into existence in Ghana through Reggie Rockstone, who is known as the hiplife father[1] and other notable musicians such as Jayso and Ball J. It first came to Ghana as Hiplife where Reggie Rockstone introduced a fusion of hiphop beats with African sounds to create a whole new genre. Hiplife is different from Western Hiphop because it involves local dialects such as Twi, Ga, Ewe, Hausa and broken-English, popularly known in Ghana as "pidgin". Some hiphop musicians in the early era were Reggie Rockstone, Kae Sun, Sway DeSafo, Samini, Okyeame Kwame, Bradez, Buk Bak, D-Black, Sarkodie, Tic Tac, Obrafour, 4x4, Kwaw Kese, Ayigbe Edem and upcoming artists such as Lil Shaker, Bra Kevin, Asumadu N-Dex,Wanluv, Yaa Pono, Loone, Asem and EL. Some songs from this era of hiphop were Asabone, Eye Mo De Anaa, and you no get money.

Reggie Rockstone

Hiphop evolutionEdit

Fast forward twenty-four years, hiphop evolved into a more diverse and trendy culture where festivals such Chale Wote Street Art Festival[2] was a means by which the culture was made widespread. This brought about groups such as yoyo tinz[3] which promoted Ghanaian hiphop through TV shows and documentaries. This also brought about the induction of "Kasahari" which is a twi word meaning "Fast talk" and its mostly associated to musicians that rap fast.[4] This was a term giving to musicians who rapped very fast but using the local dialect known as twi. Some products of Kasahari are notably Sarkodie and Obrafour.

Hiphop todayEdit

Hiphop in Ghana experienced some tensions between two well-known rappers namely Sarkodie and M.anifest This conflict came into existence when Sarkodie in a song titled Bossy, used a popular phrase of Manifest and this sparked tensions between them. Manifest reacted to this by doing a song titled the godMc and this tension continued.[5]

Hiphop in Ghana has been taken over now by the "new school" with acts such as Patapaa, Pappy Kojo, Joey B, La meme gang, Big Ghun, Amerado, B4bonah, teephlow, Kojo Cue, Lil shaker, R2bees and Kwesi Arthur.[6]


  1. ^ Banda, Rajaa. "Meet Reggie Rockstone, Pioneer of Ghana's Hip-Life Movement".
  2. ^ "Independent Art Africa Ghana. Innovative art programming".
  3. ^ "Yoyo Tinz: Documenting Ghanaian Hip-Hop Culture". 31 July 2015.
  4. ^ Addo, Charles. "Obrafour speaks on how mischievous people are creating a Sarkodie 'beef' to distract him". Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  5. ^ "The Sarkodie Manifest beef, how it started".
  6. ^ Mawuli, David. "VGMA 2018 full list of winners".