Boi-1da on Drake Ghostwriter Rumors: ‘I Know He Writes His Own Songs’

The Drake/Meek Mill beef began in 2015 when Meek claimed Drake used a ghostwriter. When Funkmaster Flex leaked some reference tracks, the 6 God seemed to be in trouble. But Drake immediately denied the accusation, and even went into detail regarding his position in an interview two years later. For those of us who grew up in the 1990s—or even the 2000s—the mere accusation was enough to make us apprehensive, though. According to a Rap Radar talk with “God’s Plan” producer Boi-1da, the accusations were blown way out of proportion.

Boi-1da not only claims the longstanding rumors are completely incorrect, but that Drake is one of the most talented artists in the game, as well. “I think Drake is literally one of the greatest songwriters of all time, and he writes his own songs,” he said. “And for someone to try and discredit somebody who I’ve literally seen write songs like he’s writing an essay, it bothers me because I’m close to it. I know he writes his own songs.”

Specifically, the rumor Meek pushed out there was that Atlanta rapper Quentin Miller was responsible for Drake’s bars on the Meek/Drake track “R.I.C.O.” As Boi-1da told Brian ‘B.Dot’ Miller in the aforementioned interview, Drake and Miller had definitely worked together before, in a collaborative manner—but the Drake was very much responsible for his own work. “They collaborated on some songs,” said Boi-1da. “Quentin is really dope, but somebody just made some fake narrative of Drake writing in sweatshops and all this stuff. It’s just not true man.”

Drake has had to talk about this accusation for years, with the 2017 interview with DJ Semtex touching on the matter two full years later. While the rapper's statements were good to hear, they were also oddly worded. “If you ask about any of the biggest Drake records, I’ve done them all, and if you ask about those Quentin Miller records, I was there,” he said. It’s the inclusion of the word “biggest” there, which gives people like me some pause. On the other hand, it’s not a big secret that artists as huge as Drake work together with composers, writers, and people adept at crafting catchy hooks. It’s simply part of the creative process to surround yourself with other productive minds. This ghostwriting theory is now, in 2018, frankly a bit dull. Drake's music is universally beloved, and he doesn't seem to be losing steam.

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Jay Z Cancels Two Shows on 4:44 Tour Due to Technical Difficulties

Jay Z’s 4:44 Tour won’t make it to Lincoln, Nebraska, after all.

On Friday, the rapper released a statement explaining he was forced to cancel the Dec. 6 show because of “technical difficulties.” The production crew apparently deemed it “impossible” to set up the screens in The Pinnacle Bank Arena. It’s disappointing news, to say the least, but fans won’t be completely screwed over. According to the Omaha World Herald, all tickets will be fully refunded at the point of purchase.

“Due to the scale of this production, we cannot get the screens up on time into the building in Nebraska. This tour is too important to me to do it halfway. I have to cancel the show,” he wrote. “I respect you guys too much to take the money and run. Peace, Hov.”

Jay said he had to cancel a Fresno concert earlier this month for the same reason.

The 4:44 concert kicked off in late October and will include stops in Philadelphia, Chicago, Seattle, and Oakland, before wrapping up Dec. 21 in Inglewood, California.  


Moment of clarity #JayZ

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Jay’s 4:44 Tour has nabbed several headlines in recent weeks. During his show in Cleveland, the rapper pointed to a child in the audience and reassured her she could be president one day. Shortly before that, he used his time on stage to speak on the NFL protests and the injustices in our country.

“I want y’all to understand…when people are kneeling and putting their fists up and doing what they’re doing, it’s not about the flag. It’s about justice. It’s about injustice,” he told the crowd in Miami. “And that’s not a black or a white thing. It’s a human issue. It’s a human issue. Everybody should feel the same way. If your 16-year-old child left the house and didn’t come back, everyone should be affected. That’s not a black or a white issue. That’s a human issue. That’s a young person who lost their life senselessly.”

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How Elliott Wilson Co-Created ego trip, Built XXL, and Conquered Digital Hip Hop Media | Blueprint

Elliott Wilson has helmed the most respected hip-hop publications, from ego trip to XXL to the Source

In our new episode of Blueprint with Complex's Editor-in-Chief Noah Callahan-Bever, Wilson takes us on his journey from his early journalistic influences to a tense standoff with Benzino as editor-in-chief of XXL to reinventing himself as the founder of Rap Radar and his newest job, editorial director of hip-hop culture and content for Tidal.

Watch the full interview above and subscribe to Complex to catch upcoming episodes of Blueprint 

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Azealia Banks Comes to Nicki Minaj’s Defense Over Comments About Sexism in Rap

Roughly a month after she sent a message to Nicki Minaj apologizing for previously said (but unspecific) “catty shit,” Azealia Banks wrote a message of support for Minaj following an Instagram screenshot journalist and Rap Radar founder/CEO Elliott Wilson posted that was an implied endorsement of its contents. You be the judge:


A post shared by Elliott Wilson (@elliottwilson) on Oct 27, 2017 at 7:07am PDT

The tweet in question, as you can see, seemed to say that Minaj would win crowds back over once she stopped talking about her accomplishments (which may have to do with these recent tweets about the double-standards women face in hip-hop or her saying she's the most awarded female rapper in history). Banks, who took exception to that, posted some comments on the subject that were flagged by Complex writer Eric Diep (credit where credit's due, and all):

If you don't have eagle eyes, here's her response(s) to the screenshot:

An Azealia Banks Instagram response to a Nicki Minaj critique.
Image via Instagram

A fan also implored her to re-focus her energy on rap:

A fan tells Azealia Banks to focus on rapping.
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To which she issued this response:

Azealia Banks responds to a fan who tells her to stop talking and rap.
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It takes some serious digging, but sometimes you find some gems in the IG comments.

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Kanye West and Jay Z Reportedly Trying to End Their Feud

TMZ is reporting that Kanye West and Jay Z are making strides towards ending their feud. It all reportedly started when Kanye reached out to Jay and requested a face-to-face to settle their differences. No word yet on whether Hov has agreed to the meeting. 

Their feud heightened after Jay Z took some not so subtle shots at Kanye on “Kill Jay Z” after 'Ye brought up Beyoncé and Blue Ivy during a rant at the Sacramento stop of his Saint Pablo Tour in November. In his interview on the Rap Radar podcast, Jay explained what led him to putting his beef with his little brother out in the open. “You can't bring my kids, my wife into it,” he said. “Kanye's my little brother…But you brought my family into it, that's a problem.” 

Jay Z also left the door open for reconciliation, admitting that they have always had their fair share of disagreements, but they always find a way to get back on good terms. “You know it’s a problem because me and him would have been talked about it, been resolved our issues,” he said. “And he knows he crossed the line, he knows. And I know he knows. Because we’ve never let this much space go between one of our disagreements and we’ve had many. It's a part of who we are… He’s an honest person and he’s wrong a lot of times.”

According to TMZ, their feud has nothing to do with Kanye's financial dispute with Jay Z. That is reportedly “being hashed out.” 

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