08’ will go down in history as the year a black man Obama became the world’s sweetheart on his way to the American Presidency. Of course it is also the year capitalism came crushing down to its own creation in the credit crunch.
The music industry took a huge crunch on its own with dwindling sales. Rap music perhaps got hit the most with its topmost acts falling in sales as fans switched to downloading from you tube and MySpace. Nas’ proclamation that “Hip hop is dead!” resonated all throughout the year and not even Lil Wayne’s emergence could stop it.
In the GH, Hiplife underwent a transformation switching from the Highlife laced instrumentation and “jama” format to its Hip hop roots in the form of Crunk music. The innovation and new trend did little to improve the perpetually poor sales and returns of artistes though.