Grammy-winning rapper Drake has transformed over the past decade from actor-turned-rapper to global superstar with countless hits to his name. After becoming a famous rapper, rumors started swirling about Drake’s role in writing his music and how much he relies on ghostwriters to write his lyrics. The Canadian rapper has responded to ghostwriting allegations in the past.

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Drake was rumored to use ghostwriters

Drake first rose to fame as an actor on the hit series Degrassi: the next generation. He released his first mixtape Room for improvement in 2006; his second mixtape Return season was released the following year on his new label, October’s Very Own.

Drake’s star continued to rise in subsequent years. He released his first studio album thank me later in 2010, and dominated the airwaves – and the charts – in the early 2010s with his albums Take care of yourself and Nothing was the same.

In February 2015, Drake once again proved his rapping prowess with his surprise mixtape, If you’re reading this, it’s too late; he released a second mixtape with Future, What a time to livelater this year.

After the release of If you’re reading this, it’s too late, Drake became embroiled in a feud with rapper Meek Mill after Mill alleged that Drake did not write his own music. Mill claimed he had a ghostwriter write his guest verse for him to “RICO” from Mill’s 2015 album Dreams are worth more than money.

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Drake addressed the Negro allegations

Drake addressed allegations that he relied on songwriter Quentin Miller to write his music in a 2017 interview for OVO sound radio.

“Quentin Miller is a child introduced to me by [If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late producer] Boi-1da,” Drake said. “Me and Boi-1da were working on a project at the time. I told him, ‘I really want to do a mixtape. I want to do it fast. I want to surprise people. And I wanted him to be the producer. executive.

“We were working and building a project, and he was like, ‘Yo, I got this kid, and sometimes I send him beats and he’s just whipping up ideas,'” Drake continued.

“At the time, I was like, ‘Okay, dope. Let’s collaborate. Let’s go,” he continued. “I started working with this kid and I think we ended up doing about five songs together in total, a few of which were on this project and a few of which were just released.”

“He was a guy I collaborated with on music, and I’m proud to sit in front of you guys and say that,” Drake said.

In a 2019 rap radar interview, Drake again addressed the rumors, specifically discussing Miller’s role in If you’re reading this, it’s too late. “I threw all my weight when it came to my bullpen,” he said. “Anyone who knows me knows that my strongest talent is writing…That’s why people ask me to write songs for them.”

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He was nominated for Songwriting

Over the years, Drake has been nominated for Lyricist of the Year at the BET Hip Hop Awards and Best Lyrics at the iHeart Radio Music Awards. And his claim that other artists employ him as a writer isn’t wrong: In 2022, Drake wrote Beyoncé’s song “Heated” by her Renaissance album.

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