Quentin Miller: I Am Not Drake’s Ghostwriter
Meek Mill set off a bomb this week when he went on a tweet-rampage alleging that Drake does not write his own raps. Reaction has been strong from factions arguing that (a) it isn’t true, (b) it doesn’t matter if it’s true, (c) Drake should be ashamed if it’s true, or some popcorn-popping combination thereof. Around the same time Drake’s trusty sonic consigliere Noah “40” Shebib stepped up to defend Drake’s songwriting prowess, Funkmaster Flex produced an alleged reference track for If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late track “10 Bands” on which Quentin Miller, the rapper Meek Mill named as Drake’s ghostwriter, recites the finished Drake version of the song nearly word-for-word. It’s been wild out there.
Now Miller has posted an open letter to his Tumblr alleging that he is not Drake’s ghostwriter and affirming that Drake writes his own lyrics (specifically, that Drake heavily revised “6PM In New York” on the fly and freestyled the lyrics to “Madonna” in the vocal booth). Miller says that yes, he contributed to the IYRTITL songs on which he has co-writing credits, but the project was nearly finished by the time he got involved. Read Miller’s full post below.
Winter 2014… I was just another guy working a job he hated with a passion for music…. And somehow found myself on the phone with One of my idols..
i told him i worked in a bakery and his exact words were “Fuck that, your destined for greatness”…
Hearing that from someone that I’ve been studying since 2009, bar for bar…. Theres no way to describe that..
Most of the project was done before i came in the picture.. i remember him playing it for me for the first time thinking “Why am I here?” like.. what does he need me for??
The answer is.. Nothing…
I watched this man piece together words in front of me…
I watched him write/ replace bars 2- 3 at a time on 6pm in NY.. I witnessed him light up, go in and freestyle madonna….
I took notes from the best in the game….
I remember him Showing me the thank you notes in NY before the album dropped.. Showing me the QM, telling me they put me on the credits (Ghostwritter???) … He attached my name to something that touched the world..
When nobody would pay attention, drake saw something in me and reached out… Of all people… drizzy..
Two artist in exact opposite spaces in their career.. We came together and made something special..
I am not and never will be a “ghostwriter” for drake.. Im proud to say that we’ve collaborated .. but i could never take credit for anything other than the few songs we worked on together ..
Thats all i have to say on it.. back to this 1317 shit…