Since the Drake and Meek Mill feud, the subject of ghostwriting has been a heated topic of discussion between hip-hop purists and rap fans. Some feel that rappers should write their own lyrics, while other believe that a little creative help doesn’t hurt.
Consequence, who is a known ghostwriter in the rap game, was doing an interview with Los Angeles radio station Power 106 and of course, the topic of ghostwriting came up. The rap vet, who has collaborated with Kanye West on several of his albums, revealed that he once helped Jay Z.
According to the Cons, he and Yeezy came up with the chorus to Hov’s anthemic song “Encore” from the Black Album.
“One record in particular I was happy about to be a part of was Jay Z’s ‘Encore,’” he explained. “When me and Kanye (kinda) was on the phone & we actually kinda came up with the chorus back & forth.”
As DJ Booth notes, a ghostwriter is someone who contributes to a song or project and does not receive an official writing credit. And if you look at the credits on Jay’s “Encore” track, Cons’ name is nowhere to be found.
Watch Consequence’s full interview above and tell us where you stand on ghostwriting in hip-hop in the comments below.