In an interview with VladTV, Slaughterhouse and Bad Meets Evil veteran Royce Da 5’9″ details his experience as a Ghostwriter, how Hip-Hop has evolved around this practice and Drake having a Ghostwriter. Royce has ghostwriten for Puff Daddy and Dr.Dre in his days of being a Ghostwriter.
He indicated that the reaction from the HipHop-verse when Meek Mill released Drakes’s reference track by Quentin Miller which was used for “Rico” did surprise him.
“For me to look and see the way that everyone reacted to that, that was pretty fucking surprising,”
When I first heard about it, I was like what? Drizzy not writing? Because he’s so fucking dope. But after looking back at it in retrospect, it’s a newer way of creating.
Having a Top Artist use a Ghostwriter in hip hop is a big deal but in Drake’s situation, it has made us realise that the game is changing. Imagine it was found out that Tupac was having a Ghostwriter during his generation, that will be total chaos leading to such an artist being labelled fake and completely written off.
Royce Da 5’9″ went on to say that an artist having a Ghostwriter has to be considered when talking about Top Lyricists
“The rules do have to change a little bit when you’re ranking these artists, where they stand as best lyricists… To me a lyricist is a writer,”
“You automatically can’t be a lyricist if you’re not writing everything.
When asked whether that meant Drake should be taken out of the conversation when it comes to best lyricists he replied;
It has to, It’s only fair.”
Check out the full interview below as the Slaughterhouse heavyweight talks about his experience working with Dr.Dre and Puff Daddy