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? If including ghostwriters in the mix makes for better music, even just slightly better music, I feel the conversation is over. Clearly then ghostwriters are good for Hip Hop.
I really think it’s that simple. Some of my fellow PW Writers take issue with me on this because they tend to look at it with a bit more nuance. I just can’t get around the idea of diminishing the quality of music to satisfy some vague misplaced standard outlining what Hip Hop should be. If you’re going to defend the idea that ghostwriters aren’t good for Hip Hop then that’s what you’d have to do. You’d have to say it’s worth lowering the overall musical caliber of Hip Hop, to ensure that each lyric was directly written by the singer/artist. Either that, or you’d have to argue ghostwriters don’t make the music better. Both of these arguments seem like non-sense to me.
I think the beauty of Hip Hop is in its accepting nature and diversity. That’s its strength. That’s why in just 30-40 years it’s swarmed over this whole planet, bypassing widely different cultures, languages, countries and whole continents.
Hip Hop isn’t what it was 10 years ago and it’s not going to be what it currently is, 10 years from now. I think you have to embrace change. Flow with the current instead of fighting it. Rap ghostwriters, a lot like piracy, aren’t going away and we make Hip Hop stronger with better music so just embrace us, I say.
-PW Writer 1
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