From everything that I've gathered, the constantly-shouting Meek, whose rhymes must be scribbled down in all caps, was pissed that Aubrey didn't even bother to send out a tweet or some shit advising his followers that Meek's Dreams Worth More Than Money had dropped. This was an album that featured Drake in a guest role, so Meek felt that it was doing both men a disservice to not promote it, as though Aubrey didn't have his own shit to push. (As much as you two may not be fans of his, you can't deny that Drake has been awfully consistent with releasing new material for the majority of his career.) Instead of speaking to him in person, or even through a DM, Meek felt it made the most sense to call the man out on social media, accusing him of not writing his own rhymes, which, while no Canibus versus LL Cool J, isn't a bad way to kick off a beef.
And then Meek just...stopped. He was most likely convinced to do so by his girlfriend, and Drake's labelmate, Nicki Minaj, so the only follow-up we ever received were some stray shots in interviews, along with the lame-as-fuck "Wanna Know", which shouldn't even qualify as a dis track, since Meek's so out-of-pocket that the track lacks any sort of focus. Meanwhile, Drake unleashed two hastily-recorded (or were they?) responses, "Charged Up" and "Back To Back", and not-so-graciously accepted the victory, all without ever dropping Meek's name in song.
Drake undeniably won the battle, even though we all now know of the existence of someone named Quentin Miller (Drake's apparent ghostwriter), but we, as listeners, lost the overall war: because of Aubrey's rather large fan base, mostly made up of younger folks who most likely don't know shit about shit and are quick to put on that cape for Wheelchair Jimmy, the idea that a rapper "has" to write his or her own rhymes has been called into question. The issue itself is nothing new: hip hop heads have only given free passes to artists who are better known for their production work than their prowess with the pen (see: Dr. Dre, Pete Rock, Puff Daddy, Kanye West), or for those whose entire appeal is more style and less substance (see: the late Ol' Dirty Bastard, for instance). Some of your favorite rappers have even made a decent side business out of writing for others. But for the first time in a long while, having someone ghostwrite your lyrics for you appears to be an acceptable practice. True, other musical genres have done this shit forever: when was the last time you ever heard Diane Warren actually sing a song? But hip hop was supposed to be one of the last refuges for the "realness", a trait that is now called into question if it's perfectly acceptable for everyone to just hire the best and most "real" dude they know to come up with some good shit.
No matter how I feel about this matter, Drake will emerge unscathed, but I want to know what you two think of the idea of ghostwriters becoming more prevalent within our chosen genre. Are you for it or severely against it? Does it hurt any artists you've previously been huge fans of when you discover that someone else has written their ideas for them, or do you feel, like Aubrey himself seems to, that "need[ing], sometimes, individuals to spark an idea so that I can take off running,” (according to his recent interview with FADER) only helps the writing process? Let's talk.