Since the emergence of hiplife as a genre a decade and half ago, many artistes have produced socially conscious tracks that have influenced society positively. Below are twenty-one (21) songs that stand out of the rest, from Reggie Rockstone to Lil’ Shaker
1. KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE ROAD/ Reggie Rockstone
Apart from the song bridging the gap between real highlife and urban hip hop, the message in the song is poignant. Keeping Your Eyes on the road is the best thing to do in life.
2. AIDS IS REAL/ All Stars
A song composed to help draw attention to the menace of HIV/AIDS, the need to stop stigmatization and discrimination in its earlier years. It featured all those who mattered in music at that time.
3. DRIVER/ Lord Kenya
The callous deaths on our road inspired Lord Kenya to join the campaign to end road accidents. Drivers, Passengers, Police officers didn’t escape blame on this song.
4. NTETIAPA/ Obrafour
5. KUBLOR/Human Being
‘I be Human Being oo/Just like you’, so goes the chorus of this song. It talks about showing affection and respect to all humans regardless of creed, colour, and gender. No wonder the UN Anti-Human Trafficking Unit adopted it as theme song.
6. VOTE FOR ME/ NFL
The song draws attention to the bombastic promises politicians make to electorate and calls on electorate to be wary of such promises. An epic, relevant advice for electorates.
8. IF YOU DON’T LOVE ME (LET ME GO)/ Reggie Rockstone
9. SCHOOl/ Lil’Shaker
10. LIFE/ Trigmatic
11. ME YERE NE ME NPINA /Okomfo Kwadee
Kwadee decides to address a dicey situation-a wife versus the side-chick nexus. After scrutinizing the strengths and weakness of both women, he decides no matter how bad a wife is she’ll forever be a wifey.
12. NOTHING WITHOUT YOU/ Scientific Ft Jayso
‘As I live My life/there’s trouble everyday/Can’t find my way/This is why I pray/God,I’m nothing without you’, hook to Scientific’s song after that tragic accident. And that is really a positive statement.
13. SIKA/Okyeame Kwame
15. LIFE (Walahi)/ R2bees
16. DEAR AFRICA/ BLITZ ft Les Nubians
Here the Ghanaian MC teams with Grammy winning duo Les Nubians to sing an ode to the Motherland. Blitz raps about Africa’s exploitation and how Africa has become ‘synonymous to charity’. Africa must regain here lost pride.
18. SOCIALLY YOU/Mutombo DaPoetMutombo DaPoet drums home the need to be ‘real’ in life and points out the sham in social media: “Followers are not real friends/Retweets are not quotes/After a couple of trends they’ll forget what you wrote…’’
19 .DROMO/ Tinny
20. AKWASI BRONI/ Buk Bak
21. MENSE SA DA/ Reggie Rockstone ft. M3nsa
Mense Sa Da (I won’t Change) passes as one of the best collabos ever done. On this M3nsa produced track, the two address the issue of ‘the change’ when success comes. For them any change that may arise will be informed by the behaviour of their friends.