Kendrick Lamar has voiced his opinions on the stigma of ghostwriting in the hip-hop industry.
Following Drake‘s criticism from Meek Mill about the Toronto rapper enlisting writers to help with his lyrics (which subsequently lead to one of the best diss tracks of recent times), Lamar has weighed in on the subject.
When speaking to Rolling Stone on the subject of whether using external writers for your lyrics was OK, Lamar responded: “It depends on what arena you’re putting yourself in. I called myself the best rapper. I cannot call myself the best rapper if I have a ghostwriter.”
He continued: “If you’re saying you’re a different type of artist and you don’t really care about the art form of being the best rapper, then so be it. Make great music. But the title, it won’t be there.”
Drake addressed the claims that he used ghostwriters stating: “I need, sometimes, individuals to spark an idea so that I can take off running. Music at times can be a collaborative process, you know?”
“Who came up with this, who came up with that – for me, it’s like, I know that it takes me to execute every single thing that I’ve done up until this point. And I’m not ashamed.”
Lamar recently rewarded a disabled fan with the gift of a lifetime during a backstage meet and greet at a stop off on his DAMN tour. The loyal follower was promised a wheelchair van to help her get around the city at the Dallas, Texas tour stop off. Read more about that here.