It was with great concern that I saw an article, in which Kumasi based upcoming artiste, Cabum, had insulted Reggie Rockstone; calling him an attention seeker. This was weird, but not unusual, as several artiste have chosen to take swipes at this one man, most of these artistes however have one thing in common; their careers were in dire need of attention and relevance.
All Reggie has done, is to make and support good music, leading young Gh artiste in the right direction. Why would the likes of Ex-doe, Barima Sydney and Cabum choose to name drop such a man?
Drive through Accra and this pen-ultimate question would be answered. Reggie Rockstone is flying high on billboards, with endorsements from telecommunications giant Glo, Guinness, etcetera. The man was a Judge on Africa’s version of X-Factor, which was viewed by millions across the continent. I’m sure you’d be sure to hear his current hit with VVIP, “Skolom”, on a speaker near you. This shows how bankable and relevant the mogul is, even after many years without releasing an album; this relevance places him in the constant view of the media’s lens.
Many of these people name dropping the Grandpapa, have no basis whatsoever, this means that their arguments hold no water, and are liable to crashing.
One such attention seeker would be Promzy Afrika, the breakaway member of defunct VIP, had accused Reggie Rockstone of being the cause of his exit from the group. He went on ranting to any and every person willing to listen. When Promzy’s attempt to seek attention fell short, he resorted to threatening the Hip-life originator. Promzy was soon silenced, as his continuous attempt to get lasting recognition failed to come through.
Promzy recently realized that the best way to gain respect isn’t to disrespect a legend, and he decided to come clean on the real reason for the VIP breakup.
Another planned attack on Mr. Rockstone, was the claim that he didn’t originate hip-life. The malicious attempt was perpetuated by the likes of Barima Sydney and Panji Anoff; for Sydney, this must have been an envious attempt to stay relevant like Reggie Rockstone and Panji must have been having fun, being in the headlines and one T.V discussions. It wasn’t long before Reggie Rockstone, disproved their claims with fact and evidence, and they conceded defeat live on television.
It appears to have an all similar trend; talk about Reggie, he replies and you get your 15second spotlight. After all, the man has remained relevant since 1993, and has enough media spot light to go round.
The moral of the story? Swiping at Reggie Rockstone, may get in you in the news, but it doesn’t make you relevant; relevance is achieved by hard work. Get it?
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