The Controversy Behind Ghostwriters In Hip Hop

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Ghostwriters has rapidly become a sensitive subject in the hip hop community in the last couple of years, and even more so in 2015. After Meek Mill called out Drake for using a ghostwriter for his If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late album on Twitter earlier this summer, and the conversation has been on fire since. With reference tracks featuring an MC named Quentin Miller being leaked, and then Drizzy clapping back with multiple diss songs, it’s hard to tell where the culture’s stance on the issue is.

In light of all of these conversations, Rick Ross just added to the controversy, as he admitted to being one of the biggest ghostwriters in the game, which he covers on his Black Market track, “Ghostwriter.” While it’s not too known as to who he has written for, or what records exactly saw his low key pen game, this is a big confession in the game, especially for someone of Ross’ caliber. Rick Ross has a very successful rap career in his own merit, while Quentin Miller has just come into the limelight this year for his crediting on Drizzy’s album.

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On top of it all, hip hop vocalist Tory Lanez has just admitted that he has also been a ghostwriter in the game for a minute, and is just now getting his shine. This year, he gained a lot of traction for his single, “Say It,” which blew up on the charts. While fans are waiting for more follow up music to come, he’s now being brought into the ghostwriter conversation, which may help or hurt his career. In Quentin’s case, the news has been helpful to making his name gain some momentum, but his spark has not been lit up since the reference tracks leaking.

A ghostwriter’s role in the industry is to almost become non-existent, at least within the public eye. The point of “ghost” as a prefix in the title is so that their writing goes without being known it came from their own pen, giving full credit to the person performing the lyrics. So once an artist admits to being a ghostwriter, does it help them to gain points for their pen game, or does it actually blackball them within the industry? In the case of Quentin, although he did not admit it himself, he hasn’t been popping off like one would expect a writer for someone as big as Drake would be blowing up. Ross, however, already is heavy in the public eye, so his admittance might be more in his favor. Time will tell, but there may be a curse behind being a ghostwriter.

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