Last Week, Antoine Mensah hosted Reggie Rockstone at the Front/Back Living Room Session. It’s an intimate interview session where artistes get to share their musical journey and interact with fans over music and drinks.
The two had a stimulating conversation on Reggie’s music career, being a businessman, and current music trends right before Reggie was presented with a signature drink named after him: The Rockstone.
These are the takeaways from the conversation:
On the need for artistes to show some form of unity…
Reggie said unity has been within the industry for a long time. According to him, it is the insurgence of social media that has got people thinking that there is no love among the artistes. He shared experiences of jamming in Kumasi with Lord Kenya and revealed that at a time when he was very broke, Obrafuor came to see him with an envelope of cash.
On his relationship with M3nsa and the making of “Ah” ft KK Fosu..
Reggie and M3nsa have known each other for years and Reggie was some sort of a mentor to M3nsa. According to him, he learned a lot from the young artiste at the time and shared the role he played on his hit song, “AH” featuring KK Fosu. Apparently, M3nsa was the producer behind that song and he was about 16 at the time. It was M3nsa who convinced Reggie that he had a hit song and that a young singer from Dansoman (KK Fosu) will kill it.
He was right.
M3nsa also produced most of the songs on Reggie’s “The Last Show” album.
On Afrobeats and Hiplife…
Reggie talked about the link between Afrobeats and Hiplife. According to him, the two are deeply intertwined. He explained that Hiplife is deeply rooted in Afrobeats because way before it became the “cool thing”, he, Reggie was already sampling songs from the founder of afrobeat…Fela Kuti. He sampled Fela’s ‘Shakara’ on his biggest song, “3y3 Mo D3 Anaa.”…Hiplife and Afrobeats have always overlapped.
Weighing in on the Ghana Naija music debate…
Reggie basically asked Ghanaians to calm down and stop underestimating their influence in the music scene. He explained that Nigerians and Ghanaians have been “brothers” since time and Nigerians always make it a point to credit Ghana for constantly inspiring their sound. Both countries benefit from each other in different ways.
On maintaining relevance…
Reggie Rockstone called himself someone who refuses to grow old. He talked about exploring different things including TikTok and being updated with the times. He makes it a point to always know what’s “hip” and finds a way to seamlessly insert himself.
On new music…
Reggie said he will be dropping new music on 7th October. He called it not just any music but “music with a purpose.”
Reggie may retire for real…or not. He moves with what inspires him and prides himself in knowing that he has a special eye for talented artistes and can tell who has star power with an exciting future in the industry.
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