Why Drake’s “More Life” Might Be Dangerous

On October 24th, his 30th birthday, notable gift giver and recreational ghostwriter solicitor Drake unloaded a set of new songs from his upcoming playlist project More Life, including “Fake Love“, “Sneakin’” and “Two Birds, One Stone“. Fans, hoping not to displease the rapper on his born day and risk putting him in his feelings, responded with verve. All three tracks have […]

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Pandering for the Presidency and How Hip Hop is Dumping Trump

Smoke DZA isn’t passing Trump the blunt nor the presidency (image credit: Genius) If you’re like me, when everyone was talking about the first presidential debate two weeks ago (yes, I realize since that since the first debate Trump has verbally assaulted the female population and the second debate already happened; I blame ISIS for the time delay), […]

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Writer-Shaming, Part 2: The Legal Problems of Songwriting, Sampling, and Influence

Beyoncé  and all of the writers credited on Lemonade (Image credit: thanassis79) Last week, I briefly mentioned Meek Mill’s “Wanna Know”, a contender for worst diss song of all time, in my discussion of ghostwriting. To recap, “Wanna Know”, directed at Meek’s fellow rapper/perpetual friendzone occupant Drake, makes a straightforward argument: that Drake’s use of […]

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Writer-Shaming, Part 1: The Non-Issue of Ghostwriters

Kanye performing with a bunch of faceless ghosts behind him – wow, symbolism! (image credit: Flickr) On September 14th, rapper/singer/producer/actor/apparent Renaissance Man Kid Cudi was in a storm of feelings, and, like most people who have Twitter, he let his followers know it via a Twitter rant. Although most of his tweets consisted of empty boasting […]

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