If you watch any late night shows you’ll find a lot of ‘team ghostwriting’. They all start with the host walking out to the audience and then saying a couple jokes about the weeks current events. This usually lasts 5 or 10 minutes. Take Conan for example. When Conan comes out and does his monologue, everyone knows he didn’t write the jokes that he’s saying. Both the in-studio audience and the people watching on T.V. understand this but don’t really care. They watch his show anyway. They come for the jokes and they don’t care if the person telling them the jokes didn’t write them on their own. Conan of course has a team of writers working for his show and his show couldn’t work any other way. If Conan had to write all the jokes for his show there is no way he could do that much work every day. Also if Conan had 1 writer instead of a team of writers, the show wouldn’t be able to stay afloat. The ‘team writing’ is the only way the Conan show is possible, along with all the other late night shows and there are a lot of similarities between this and the Hip Hop industry, specifically with ‘team writing’.


In Hip Hop it’s frowned upon to use writers but imagine if TV shows had that same mentality. Imagine if Jimmy Fallon’s show decided they were going to go without writers and have Jimmy do everything, after all it is his show. There would be no way his show could compete with all the other late night shows like Conan or Kimmel and in a month or two they’d go out of business. Now while they are going out of business they could complain about how the other late night hosts aren’t being ‘real’ and hope they too go the ‘no writer’ route but that would be a waste of time because it doesn’t change the fact that won’t ever happen and they’re going out of business. Similarly it’s a waste of time for artists to complain about other artists having writers because it doesn’t change the fact those artists are putting them out of business and obviously won’t go back to having no writers.


A couple days ago a woman came out and said she wrote some of Drakes tracks, specifically the more emotional ones. The thing about ghostwriting rumors or allegations is that they're extremely easy to start and almost impossible to disprove. It's also a great way for a nobody to get attention because ghostwriting is such an attractive topic in Hip Hop. This is why you'll have a lot of bitter/ jealous artists accuse someone higher up than they are of getting their tracks ghostwritten. You really have to take any allegations with a grain of salt. Now, I have no idea if this girl is telling the truth or not. I doubt it, mainly because the type of tracks she's saying she did are ones you don't really need a ghostwriter for. Love songs are the easiest type of tracks to do.


My question is, say that these rumors are true and this girl really did write some tracks for Drake, would you stop listening to him? Say your favorite song of all time is Drake's 'Marvins Room' and then you found out that this girl wrote it for him, would you erase that song off your iPod and never listen to it again just because Drake didn't write it? Would the song itself be less musically appealing to you because of how it was made, despite listening to it for years and loving it? Would you deprive yourself of listening to your favorite song of all time once you knew the artist didn't write the whole thing? I'm guessing not and I think you'd be dumb as hell if you did. It would be like a charity turning down someones money because they disagree with how they got that money.

To sum it up I think this girl is full of it and just wants some buzz/ money off of what Drakes moving. Drake may very well have a ghostwriter for his actual rapping tracks but definitely not for his love song shit. I think I’ll do some more on this topic soon though. How fans should react when finding out one of their favorite songs has been ghostwritten. We talked a bit about it before and heres links to those pages but I don’t think we went nearly as deep as we could of.

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Links to similar topics:
Ghostwriting in Hip Hop
Rap Ghostwriters for Hire

It’s obvious that Hip Hop isn’t what it used to be and most think it has gotten worse. In the mainstream, it seems we’re seeing less Tupacs and more Soulja Boys. Whenever this topic gets brought up, I always hear a lot about conspiracies. Like the reason the music has gotten so much worse is because the people at the top are trying to keep everybody dumb or something like that. I see this view as the wrong answer to the right question and let me explain why.

Once you understand how business interests (like a label or marketing team) can influence the content of the music, I think it provides a much better explanation as to why Hip Hop has gone the way it has. (more…)

Rap Ghostwriter. Although I don’t agree with the term, that is technically what I do. I might be a little biased on the topic, but yes, I think ghostwriters are definitely good for Hip Hop. For me, it all comes down to the music. What would the quality of music be without ghostwriters in Hip Hop? What would the quality of music be with ghostwriters in Hip Hop? (more…)

A fundamental I stand by is making sure the environment you write in is set. There can’t be any distractions. Having Sportscenter on may have been fine when you we’re doing some homework or talking to a friend on the phone, but it’s not for writing top of the line lyrics. Most of the time I’m juggling a ton of different words in my head and if there’s a bunch of unrelated, random words coming in at the same time, it’s going to really mess up my rhythm. You can’t concentrate effectively on two things at once, especially when one of those things is hard enough with all of your concentration. Intricate Hip Hop is no joke. It’s not something you can casually do. You got to go all in with it. (more…)

Alex touched a tiny bit on this in the Evolution of Hip Hop but I wanted to go a little more in depth on it. What percentage of people exposed to the artist, become interested. I call this stat the Potency Percentage, or PO%.


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