By Ike E. Wonasue
Fact. HipCo is popular among the younger generation from Liberia. The older generation is still in the introductory phase. HipCo is a new genre of Liberian music. It derived from the famous American genre of music "Hip Hop". HipCo is basically Rap in the Liberian Colloquial (koloqua).
This Liberian style of rap, that is spreading like a wide fire around the world, wasn't ways celebrated. In its beginning stage, it was known as "a good for nothing music", and the artists were referred to as "Growna boys" (street boys or thugs). Some refused to play HipCo music in their homes or social gathering, claiming that HipCo music did not have good quality sound or that it was corrupting the minds of their kids. However, the artists kept working and putting out music that would change the minds of the non-believers. Most of the game changing HipCo songs spoke about social issues that were affecting the nation at the time, but the artists still managed to maintain a sound that kept the party going and the fans chilling.
Below are ten HipCo classics from the Golden Age of HipCo.
I Boke You: Noy Z ft. Killa Lu
Butt Rocking: Neighbourhood All Starz ft. Killa Lu
'SPOLLA BOLLA' TOO HARD REMIX
Nigger Blow - Strange Food
Nigger Blow - Old Fire Trunk
TAKUN J. WHO MAKE U CRY
IT NOT RIGHT BY TAKUN J by Lucky Bucky, Queen V
"One man One cup"
Just Be There by Jon Bricks and Crew