Lil Debbie shares her thoughts on ghostwriting. In an exclusive conversation with HipHopDX, the Bay Area rapper admits to using ghostwriters and explains why she disdains “White female artists fronting” that they write all of their lyrics.
“I’m never gonna sit in front of a camera and be like, ‘I write every single word on my verses,’ because I don’t,” Lil Debbie says. “Am I there to creatively direct and will I sit with someone for seven, eight, nine, 10 hours? Yes. Definitely. It’s never just one person working on it. I hate every White female artist that’s completely fronting that they do write their own shit.”
Lil Debbie says that many of the most popular songs on radio include ghostwriters. While she believes that there is a misconception because people “think one artist can do everything,” she does not see anything wrong with ghostwriting.
“Like Nicki Minaj, most of her stuff is purely hers,” Lil Debbie says. “But I’ve heard from a couple of people that some of her stuff—the tune, the way the flow is, stuff like that—might be [ghost] written. I might be wrong. Who knows? It’s done a lot. The media is just so blind to it because they think that one artist can just do everything. There is not enough hours in the fucking day for that artist to do everything you think they’re doing. That’s just the way it is. I’m just not going to be the artist that lies because, one, I suck at lying. You can hella tell when I’m lying and I can’t keep up with my lies. I can barely remember people’s names.”
Lil Debbie Describes Feeling Blacklisted
The RiFF RAFF collaborator also discusses her standing within the music industry. She explains that she’s been shunned by “multiple White female rappers” and reiterates her belief that Miley Cyrus stole her identity.
“I feel underrated,” Lil Debbie says. “I feel underappreciated. I feel like I’ve been blacklisted within the industry. I’m just going to say this right now: Miley Cyrus has reached out to multiple White female rappers that I’ve been involved with and that I’ve reached out to and people completely ignore me. I think that goes along with identity theft. I don’t know, but it sucks, it fucking sucks. I would’ve rather been Miley Cyrus’ friend and girly-girly with her than to feel the way I feel towards her. I don’t want to feel like she fucking stole my shit from me. I don’t want to feel like that but when I see her converse with all these other female rappers, I lightweight get butt hurt about it.
“I reached out to Iggy Azalea before she blew up and the bitch acted like she was too good for me,” she continues. “That sucks. I’ve never felt discriminated until I moved to [Los Angeles] and people are like, ‘You’re from The Bay? Ugh.’ And then working with Kreayshawn and then having what happened to Kreayshawn and V-Nasty, it just piles on. I definitely feel like I’ve been blacklisted in the industry. I feel like people don’t really want to work with me or even acknowledge my presence. That’s fine because my time is gonna come. It’s all good.”
Lil Debbie’s California Sweetheart is available on Tuesday, March 25.