Rick Ross has said his forthcoming album, Black Market, is his most personal yet.
In an interview with TIME, Ross says that statement means giving a glimpse into one aspect of his music career he hasn’t really discussed before.
“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,” he says of the track, “Ghostwriter.” “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.”
The Maybach Music Group boss’s own artist, Meek Mill, was embroiled in a ghostwriting controversy this summer when he said Drake doesn’t write his own raps. A back-and-forth battle on social media and wax ensued.
To Rick Ross, ghostwriting is not an inherently bad thing.
“It depends on really the point you’re looking at,” he says. “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.’”
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