Reggie Rockstone- endorses VVICE
By Forgive Adjoa Forfoe, Ghanananet news
The music scene in Ghana has never been the same since he entered the country in 1994 and revolutionalised the industry by originating his brand of hip hop music called HipLife, which has won him both national and international acclaim across continents.
And that has also gifted him the eye to see who will excel or not in the industry. Which is what Reggie Rockstone is banking on as he reveals that upcoming Ghanaian artiste, VVICE, (real name Randy Allotey), an upcoming afro pop act, is the next big act to hit Ghana.
” There’s something very special about this guy, VVICE. He came to my wife and I with the demo of a song he needed a push for. That’s about three to four years ago. I fell in love with the song, instantly. He wanted to feature me on the song but at the time, I was so busy.
“Recently, he sent me another one, Ajo. It blew me off my feet so much so that I did a verse for it and I played it for my very good friend, another legend, Abeiku Talking Drum. He also loved it and also decided to do a verse.
The hiplife ‘grandpapa’ says he has confidence in the ability of the young act and he will personally make him Ghana’s biggest
‘ ‘ He has basically become part of the family; VVIP, he knows my wife, friends, close circles and all that, and whatever must be done to let him make it big and achieve his dreams, is exactly what we are doing. He is going to be big. I said it. He’s going to be my contribution to VVIP’s project of working on young talents. I’m personally raising him’’
Rockstone thinks that unlike any other act who has passed through his hands,VVICE has certain traits that’s got his (Rockstone’s) whole attention.
‘’What really intrigued me about this guy that really got my attention was his determination because who bugs someone for three long years these days? Who does that? But that’s what he did with me. It has made me respect him a lot and made me feel like there’s something special about this guy, there has to be. Why not give him a try? I love to see young people like that.
‘ ‘There’s not a single artiste here in Ghana, more or less, I can’t point, who didn’t interact with Grandpapa in their career, from as far back as Lord Kenya, Obrafour,Tic Tac,Sarkodie, everyone has at some point interacted with me. But with VVICE, I am paying extra attention to him because of his determination and I just feel like when God speaks, it works in mysterious ways, and I just feel this guy is a big act and I must do everything to let him make it’’
The Tsooboi hitmaker says he will take his time to mould VVICE
‘‘He’s very tolerant and very patient, and when you have these qualities, it’s very rare for you to fail. I will take my time to groom him to be gathering wisdom and all that because, you don’t need to rush. You take your time and get prepared so that by the time you get to the top, you are ready for the big things’’
The ‘Mi na me kae’ singer thinks history is repeating itself with VVICE’S career, comparing VVICE’s single, Ajo, with his Tsooboi that launched his career.
“Ajo is going to be a huge song. We see it as sowing a good seed and waiting for it to grow. I have seen songs that I heard long before they became huge. It has to take a natural progression, not force, not running around to get everyone playing it.
”If you hear Ajo and you know music, it will fall on you. The same happened with my career.I put out Tsooboi and I did not rush. It was those who heard it and knew music who went for it and it became big. The same will happen for Ajo.
‘‘VVICE is definitely a formidable force, and he can also produce beats too. Moreover, his family is very supportive and that’s rare. It gladdens my heart when someone whose greatness I predicted makes it big, that’s what makes me glad’’,he concluded.
He believes that if every woman is able to ‘rock’ her man like his woman does, no man will ever cheat, and that is the message of VVICE’s single, Ajo.
Listen to Ajo below:
Featuring hiplife ‘grandpapa’ Reggie Rockstone, Ajo is a 3:22 minutes afro pop song that gets the good music lover, no matter the age, to dance to its tune, with its mid-tempo nature and VVice’s smooth voice.
The easy-to-sing song, which is a mixture of two languages; English and Twi,begins with VVICE telling his woman that he is ‘going crazy’ over her. He goes on to tell her that because of how she is, he won’t survive with just being friends with her, and pleads with her to give in to him.
File. A beautiful African girl, Ajo, every man’s dream girl.
Reggie Rockstone comes in with ” Super sexy with dem jeans on you, do you know what it is that I go through?….eye woaduane ne woakyi nti na Reggie Rockstone will always love you”, meaning,”it’s because of your food and your backside that Reggie will always love you”
The singer believes that every man has that special girl that is his Ajo and would conquer the whole world for, regardless any other girl around.
In all, Ajo, which was released some weeks ago, is a classic work that everyone will instantly love upon listening to for the first time.
Born Ranford Allotey, VVICE, a banking student at the Chartered Institute of Banking, Ghana, VVICE believes that anyone who does music part time won’t amount to anything in the industry, and that is what has caused him to put his banking studies on hold to do music full-time.The diploma holder from the Marshalls University,(formerly Meridian Pre-University) is also of the view that Ghanaians are not doing well with afro pop
”Ghanaians have not really caught the afro pop spirit.Most of our artistes are rappers, and we are selling very well with the rap and dancehall, but not afro pop. I won’t say i’m doing something different as an afropop act, but listeners should judge. My music is full of soul”he said.