In the past, Black Bottle Boy and pear enthusiast, Rick Ross has been under question in the past for just how authentic he is. Rapping about street life while having a past career as a probation officer and being rumored to heavily use ghostwriters can tend to affect street cred. So it’s definitely come as a surprise that the Miami rapper claimed to be one of the biggest ghostwriters in the industry. In an interview with Time about his upcoming album, when it comes to ghostwriting Ross claimed:
“I finally wrote a record (referring to one song on the album) telling the way it feels for me to be a ghostwriter, 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.”
And when it comes to the act of ghostwriting itself, Ross seems to be cool with it. The interviewer followed up with a question addressing ghostwriting using the Meek Mill and Drake feud as the premise:
Interviewer: “Ghostwriting was a big topic this year with the feud between Drake and Meek Mill. Do you think that having someone write rhymes for you is necessarily at odds with being an authentic artist?”
Ross: “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. 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 gonna 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 what do you think? Is Rick Ross letting the world know he writes for many of our favorite rappers or is he just blowing hot air?