Hip-Hop Speaks, Hip-Life Answers: Global African Music

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Africa World Press


This chapter makes a seminal contribution to the study of African Hip-Hop in Ghana, West Africa. It engages with Hip-Hop historiography while offering a first hand account of the origins and social dynamics that birthed Hip-Life. It is also an examination of the distinctive evolution of Hip-Life, as a peculiar genre of Hip-Hop from Ghana, noting irs specific influences by different individuals and musical genres in the U.S. and Ghana. It highlights the trans-Atlantic career of Reggie Rockstone, as the genre's Godfather. It is unique by its textual analysis of Hip-Life songs and identification of continuities and changes in content, verbal stylistics, and culture from preceding musical genres.

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Native Tongues: The African Hip-Hop Reader


Paul Saucier

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