The Influence Of Hip Hop In Ghana

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In early childhood, most of the world’s children are taught that stealing is wrong. Don’t take what belongs to someone else because they have probably worked for their belongings. What is especially taboo is stealing and getting praised for the thing stolen. Essentially that is the basis of cultural appropriation. Cultural appropriation is done by the victors in history to the victims in a way that marginalizes their culture. It takes certain aspects of the culture that have deep traditional meaning and puts it for everyday use in order to be edgy or fashionable. The people that took the culture are in essence praised for the some of the same attributes that oppressed the culture in the first place. It is pretty much understood that white people…show more content…
Contrary to the hip hop culture in America, the main proponents for hip hop were middle class youth that came from well-to-do backgrounds. Education, technology, and a knowledge of the English language was necessary to be apart of the early hip hop culture in Ghana. A large portion of the first Ghanaian rap groups were created in universities. Eventually the trend spreads to the poorer Ghanaian youth. Hip hop in Ghana was literally mimicking American hip hop artists. The rappers would emcee to popular tracks in America using the same lyrics and flow. Eventually Ghanaians were able to create their own interpretation of hip hop called hip life. Hip life fuses American hip hop music with a uniquely Ghanaian sound. The hip life sound was pioneered by rapper, Reggie Rockstone. He was born born in London to Ghanaian parents that gave him the ability to travel to places all around the world. He visited prominent hip hop centers like New York and Los Angelos and was able to completely immerse himself in the culture. Back in Ghana, he shared his knowledge with his fellow Ghanaians and thus pioneered hip life as one of the first rappers to rap in Twi, a native Ghanaian language. Although hip hop was popular, the larger Ghanaian population could not relate to the American slang and culture. Hip life made the music relatable. Although this new sound was more relatable, there was not a large amount of media support. The media initially viewed it as “a poor imitation at best and a foreign invasion at worse.” Eventually, the media notices the popularity and hip life becomes the popular music form that it is

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