Poison Pen: When Ghostwriters Strike

Published by Rondell Conway on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 3:31 pm.

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Poison Pen: When Ghostwriters Strike

Roscoe Dash is turn’t up, but for all the wrong reasons. Yesterday, the Atlanta rapper went on a good-ol’ Twitter tirade, claiming he wrote Kanye’s “To the World” and Wale’s “Lotus Flower Bomb” but didn’t receive credit. No matter the real story, we aren’t surprised: Ghostwriters (and even ghost-producers) have been a part of the music industry since the beginning. Click on for a rundown of just some of the countless examples. —Alex Gale

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Dr. Dre

Dre has used an all-star roster of ghostwriters for his rhymes throughout his career — The D.O.C., Eminem, Ice Cube, Jay-Z. However, he’s also been dogged by accusations that he doesn’t give co-producers — including Big Hutch, Daz, Melman and Scott Storch — credit for their contributions.

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Keri vs. Beyoncé

Even the almighty Beyoncé has had to deal with ghostwriter scandals. “If I Were a Boy” was written by San Diego singer-songwriter BC Jean, who only received credit after legal wrangling. Meanwhile, some have suggested that Keri Hilson, who’s been credited as co-writer on some Bey songs, was taking shots at her client with these lines from the 2008 song “Turnin’ Me On”: ”You can dance, she can sing, but need to move it to the left,” Keri sings, possibly referencing Bey’s “Irreplaceable.” “Go ‘head tell these folks how long I been writing your songs…check the credits.”

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