When Meek Mill accused Drake of not writing their own raps recently, many people wondered why which was such a big issue. After all, singers in a number of genres generally don’t pen the word what they sing.
Beyond that, some said, various rap stars – including Kanye West, Diddy and in some cases Dr. Dre – happen to be known to have benefit lyrics for their albums. So, why was it a real hot topic with Drizzy?
We asked legendary hip-hop producer DJ Premier to break down the culture’s stigma against ghostwriting. Here’s what Preemo shared about Meek’s Drake allegations and why the genre places this type of importance on authenticity.
“Well, me and Dre just brought up that when we is at the session. Dre was like, ‘Don’t put me in this box. I definitely ain’t no rapper. I’m merely a dude that spits rhymes and whatever they write in my opinion and I eventually like it. Once I want it, then I’ll spit it.’
It must be something that the guy can stand behind and produce it his. When you hear Dre rap, you’re not with the writing. You’re thinking of how dope he or she is spitting that sh-t because he’s great at the delivery.”
“So somebody like Drake, for those body at work he’s created, it’s like, we definitely are gonna hold him liable for having dope rhymes that people consider him writing because after you ask for dope individuals who you think is hot, I always put Drake inside the new generation of rappers that I feel are incredible because I examine him since the one that’s writing all his stuff.
So, if it’s where he’s being ghostwritten for, which we can’t prove yet – although I’ve heard several of the little demos that this other boy did – we don’t discover how true that’s. He can have just redone it and somebody paid him to get it out there. I don’t know. And I really don’t care. My main thing is, Drake might appear to be too many of those records he’s done, they look like he wrote them. They just don’t appear like somebody wrote that numerous joints for him in the carer.”
MCs Are Respected For Writing Their Own Lyrics
“If I’m wrong, I’m wrong, but inside hip-hop world, we, really praise lyricists for whatever they write and just how they spit it. When Rakim writes it and spits it achievable attitude; when Ice Cube writes it, KRS-One writes it, Chuck D writes it, and J. Cole writes it, when Jay Z writes it – regardless of whether it ain’t in writing – and Biggie, even Pac, Nas, it needs to come from you.
Again, we don’t put Dre for the reason that box, but Drake, we all do put because box. Even if the rhyme is weak, you want you to write it. So, if somebody helped him out with the hook, anf the husband laid the hook and sang it, we don’t worry about that. But the verses? We want to hear your verse come form mental performance, your lifestyle, your flow, your attitude because we’ve been putting you far on the top of the hill for that reason greatness you’ve been making with all your material.”
Here’s Why Drake’s In Hot Water With Some Rap Fans
“With Drake, he or she is in a box, unfortunately, that he’ll’t leave where it’s like, ‘Yo, that pen better be yours.’ With Meek, I don’t put him inside same lyrical box as Drake. Meek is often a street rapper. So I check out him even more of a straight hood rapper.
A hood rapper can kick that street talk and makes those types of records. Even though people inside the hood like Drake’s records, but Drake is usually a lyricist. So, let’s hope that every that stuff we’ve been hearing all them years is from his pen. If it ain’t, it’s another Milli Vanilli moment and I hope that’s incorrect.”
DJ Premier Is Friends With Drake
“I’m fabulous friends with Drake. I’m great friends with 40, his producer. I just look ahead to that being what it’s but that ‘Back to Back’ sh-t is hot. And I’m sure he wrote that. But again, that whole thing about him not writing his rhymes, I just need more proof.
The songs that [Hot 97 DJ] Funkmaster Flex lost and all that, I don’t know very well what the answer to that may be. But let’s hope those are definitely the only references that happen to be even left. And then added to that, seeing that that cameras are stored on Drake, he know already he gotta prove everybody wrong understanding that moment was that moment and zilch further than that.”
Preemo Has Also Wanted Justin Bieber To Write His Own Raps
“The question thrown at me was, ‘Do you mind Justin Bieber being in a very [BET Awards] cypher?’ I said, ’Is he gonna spit a dope joint?’ They said, ‘He can rap. He can spit some verses. He’s actually great.’ I said, ‘Then, I’m down.’
But then, the term was – and I don’t learn how true it absolutely was – however the next word I got later after I said, ‘I’m wit’ it if he’s gonna kill it and write his or her own joints,’ the tutor said it’s plausible that Luda[cris] would write it. I said, ‘If that’s the truth, hell no.’ That wasn’t said that that’s gonna be, but I said, ‘If that’s the situation.’”