Rick Ross has had a lot on his plate the past few months, he chose to stay neutral during the Drake vs Meek Mill beef, he has been doing damage control on his own MMG label with Meek and Wale being at odds. Not to mention he and 50 Cent got into it again which lead to threats being made.
All this while trying to promote his forthcoming LP Black Market,as well as new MMG project.
He appears to be unphased by it all, on his new album the Miami rapper pans to open up for the first time about being a key “Ghostwriter” in hip-hop – outside of contributions to the career of one Puffy Combs this decade (reference: MMM).
We already knew Ross did quite a bit of writing for Diddy but he also goes on to say that he’s the penman for some of the biggest names in music at the moment.
See the excerpt below.
How did your time in the headlines shape the direction of the album?
It most definitely made it a more personal record, it made it a more—I don’t want to use the word serious, but more a topic-driven record. I had a lot of time to just sit by myself, so I had a lot more things I wanted to address. That’s what I did on this LP. I spoke on different things. One of them goes by the name of “Ghostwriter.” I finally wrote a record 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.
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?
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 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.