July 23, 2015


Meek Mill on Drake's Alleged Ghostwriters: "I Was Just Upset as a Fan"

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Update 2 (7/23): Onstage at The Pinkprint Tour on Wednesday night (Meek Mill's opening for his lady love Nicki Minaj), the story continued, an IRL followup to the URL drama:

"And don't get it twisted, I was just upset as a fan that a n---a gave me a verse he ain't write," Meek said, referencing the Drake-featuring cut "R.I.C.O." track on his new album. "Shout out to Drake. Let him be great at all the motherfuckin’ lanes he great in. But I'm gon' still be the realest n---a in this bitch."

Also, what we all needed to hear: “I wanna give, like, a special apology shout-out to Nicki Minaj for my crazy ass going crazy on Twitter," Meek said. "You can’t be messin’ with no hood n---a."

Update (7/23): Meek Mill's incendiary comments about Drake's authenticity—that he doesn't write all his own lyrics, specifically—tipped the rap universe sideways on Tuesday. Now Drake's in-house producer, Noah "40" Shebib, one of the main architects of OVO Sound and of the OVOsound, is weighing in—with potentially more credibility, except for that the fact that he is squarely in Drake's camp and no one else's. It started like this...

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Kevin Mazur/AMA2012/WireImage

And developed from there: 

I can't count the hours that myself and drake have spent writing producing and recording music. Let's just say... 5000 hours...I've spent maybe 30 min in a studio with Q. Nice enough guy, very talented...If your asking if he contributed to if you're reading this... Yes, he did. You can also see that by reading the credits. If your asking if q contributed to if you're reading this the answer is yes. You can also read that in the credits. Anyways, I don't work with many people. And there's a reason....No one is as talented as drake. It's not worth my time. I need someone who understands song writing on a higher level...Sometimes that skill is used to recognize other great songs... Like in all forms of music... Except rap. Rap has a stigma about writing your own lyrics and rightfully so... its a very personal art form and its rooted in speaking truthfully. Thankfully for me drake isn't just a rapper. He's also a musician and a producer and a creator. We go beyond the normal boundaries that rappers want to sleep themselves stuck in. We've been fighting those rules from day one. If no one noticed there weren't many singing rappers in '08. Theres countless number ones and songs drake has written for others never mind himself, thats the funny part lol! To be even feeling my own need to say these things is crazy. and even more ironic is that drake is maybe the most personal rapper ever. Never has someone spoken about themselves or there own perspective so vividly... ever. Its why people have called him soft... because he shows humility and is truthful and honest.

The Q in question is Quentin Miller, who Meek nodded to as one of Drake's ghostwriters. 40 brought it home with a couple more personal swings at Meek "He Ain't Tweet My Album" Mill:

Original story (7/22): Meek Mill's second major label album, Dreams Worth More Than Money, hit No. 1 a few weeks ago. One of its best and so far most popular cuts, "R.I.C.O.," features Drake. Meek and Aubrey also teamed on 2012's awesome "Amen," and Drake wore a FREE MEEK MILL shirt onstage when Mill was in prison. Rahmeek is also dating Nicki Minaj, Drake's Young Money/Cash Money label mate, frequent collaborator and buddy. 

So there's no way the following could be any more awkward: Meek Mill wants to make it clear to everyone that Drake isn't writing his all own rhymes.

Oh, and he's not ignoring the fact that his lady love and Drake's mentor are going to be asked about this:

That's barely even half of it. Meek wrapped with a Drake quote; a Toronto city councillor told Meek he's not welcome in the city anymore. But the best follow-ups came from Atlanta's OG Maco, the dude who gave us "U Guessed It":

OG Maco's coup de grâce? "I just want the number 1 n---a in the game to be the only 1 writing his shit."

Your move, Drake. Even if your move is never responding to any of this stuff till you run straight into it on Views from the 6.