We all know Reggie Rockstone often remind us via interviews and most of his songs that he originated Hiplife (the amalgamation of Hip-hop and Highlife) a genre that opened the floodgate for indigenous rap in Africa.
By virtue of that, he calls himself the Grandpapa of Hiplife but in a new development, ace sound Engineer Zapp Mallet has pushed veteran rappers Lord Kenya and Obrafour into that space as he calls for worthy recognition for the two as well.
He made this known during an interview with Rev. Erskine on the Y Leaderboard Series.
“The first person will be Reggie Rockstone. The second is Lord Kenya and Obrafour. It is fair to say these are the Grandpapas of hiplife and then we had people like Ex-Doe and Akyeame. So, the push was there and it came from all kinds of genre”, he said.
Zapp Mallet recounted when Hiplife was in its formative stage, artists in that era were more focused on the passion for developing the genre rather than the profits to be accrued.
“One thing I believe is that when you are doing something, just do it with your heart and follow it sometimes you might not even follow. for me as a person involved in hiplife I didn’t even think it was going to reach that far.
All I was thinking about was how much I was going to put into my music. It wasn’t about how much I was going to earn or where it will reach. My focus was in developing it production wise”, he added.