This year we were forced to confront the fact that many of our favorite rappers might be using ghostwriters to pen their verses, thanks to Meek Mill vs. Drake. And now, in the strangest twist yet, Rick Ross has revealed that he's actually been a ghostwriter for quite some time.
This is strange to me, anyway, since Ross naturally had to side with his MMG signee Meek in that feud. And on the track "Dope D--k" from his upcoming Black Market album, he spits, "No shots, but I write my own raps," (which we'd obviously assume was intended for Drake).
But now I'm rethinking everything I thought I knew.
"I finally wrote a record telling the way it feels for me to be a ghostwriter," Ross told TIME. "And not only a ghostwriter, but one of the biggest in the rap game. Because of my own personal success I’ve always been able to keep that in the shadows. On this record, I just felt it was so current. It was needed."
The song is naturally called "Ghostwriter." And when asked if this compromises artistic integrity, Rozay didn't completely draw a line in the sand.
"It depends on really the point you’re looking at. If you’re a battle rapper on the block, the emcee battle challenger, not writing your rhymes could really hurt you," he explained. "When you’re an artist where maybe the focus is really the talent and the different things you bring to the game, I believe it’s more understandable."
"Someone who may have another vision or just ideas that are priceless versus someone who’s like, 'I’m basing my entire career off the words I’m finna tell you right now over this 30-second period.” I’m not speaking to anybody in particular, but let’s say for instance if you was DMX and had a ghostwriter, it’d maybe change the [perception] versus if you was will.i.am. I think that’s more about the music, the records."
So in summary, Ross isn't really into the idea of using a ghostwriter, but he doesn't mind being one. Noted.