Some of Your Favorite Songs Had a Ghostwriter
Are you a hip-hop fan that thrives on authenticity? Do you take pride when you know a rapper’s song was written by him? Or do you like the rapper who’s killing the game from every angle. From skilled delivery, to overall branding letting you know homie’s getting this money. Where business and art collide, collaboration might make for the best possible song. The argument is everlasting in hip-hop.
You’ve got your straight spitters like Eminem and classic Wayne, and your entertainers like Drake or Kanye. Both groups have contributed to art and culture of hip-hop in different ways. Ghostwriting in the rap world is nothing new, but taking something you haven’t written and claiming it all to yourself with no credits is the most foo foo thing you can do. We’ve got 15 songs that were written by different rappers. We threw in a few videos in there too so keep reading for more details.
Grandmaster Caz for Sugar Hill Gang
This is the original rap ghostwriting beef. Grandmaster Caz claims that Big Bank Hank from The Sugar Hill Gang stole his rhyme book and used his raps in the classic song. He still feels robbed to this day.
Game’s “Drug Test” Ft. Dr. Dre, Snoop Dog
Kendrick Lamar and J Cole for The Game
J and K Dot both got writers credits for working on this west coast banger. In an interview with MTV News, Lamar humbly said, “I just threw a few ideas in the air.”
Bugs Bunny’s “Buggin”
Jay-Z for Bugs Bunny
Who also loves Space Jam?! Well in the Bugs Bunny song, “Buggin'” from the Space Jam soundtrack Jay-Z breaks bugs off with a few bars so he can spit hot fire as if his name were DYLON. It’s pretty cool when you watch this and imagine Jay-Z’s voice channeling through Bugs Bunny.