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EXCLUSIVE: Kxng Crooked Talks Drake’s Ghostwriter Allegations & Slaughterhouse’s 3rd Album


In part 2 of Kxng Crooked’s interview with AllHipHop.com, the West Coast representative breaks down some of the themes for songs from his new collaborative effort Statik KXNG with producer Statik Selektah. The conversation includes Crooked discussing the practice of ghostwriting in Hip Hop and dealing with fan’s criticism of his public statements.

In addition, the Long Beach lyricist gives an update on the forthcoming third studio album from Slaughterhouse. The Shady Records rap supergroup – consisting of Crooked, Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, and Royce da 5’9’’ – is expected to release a project tentatively titled Glass House later this year.

[ALSO READ: If Drake Wants To Be Considered A GOAT Rapper, He Has To Address These Writing Rumors]

'Statik KXNG' Album Cover

‘Statik KXNG’ Album Cover

The track “Stop Playing” opens with a critique of rappers using ghostwriters. Obviously, the most famous story of a recent rapper using a ghostwriter has been Drake with Quentin Miller. Some people argue that if a rapper is found to use a ghostwriter, then you can’t put them in the same category of emcees like a Nas, Eminem, or KRS-One. Do you think if Drake did use a ghostwriter then that diminishes him in the ranking of emcees?

Once you have ghostwriters, that level is forever gone. That conversation should be forever gone. But we are in the future right now, and you have these younger generation of fans that don’t really know that you have to pen your own sh*t and the importance of that to an emcee. So they’ll disagree with everything I’m saying.

As they read this they’ll say, “He’s just hating” or “That’s why he’s not on the same level as certain people.” But on some emcee sh*t, you have to pen your own sh*t. If you don’t, you can make great music or hit records, you can enjoy a great lifestyle – nobody can take that away from you, because you still have to put in the work.

Whether Drake wrote those songs or not, he has to perform it, sell it, and go on tour. He has to put in the work. He’s an artist. You can’t take work away from a man. But if I’m in the barber shop and we’re talking about the greatest emcees of all time, nobody that had a ghostwriter is mentioned.

On your song “Lost A Fan,” you didn’t seem to be concerned about how the general public looks at you as far as where you rank.

I really don’t. At the end of the day, you can’t please everybody. It’s impossible. That’s the fastest way to be unhappy. So when you look to do that, you’re already failing.

It’s funny to me, because I’m on Shady Records with Slaughterhouse. I don’t think all of the Shady fans get me. I post sh*t on my Instagram, and they get pissed. I might say something like, “F*ck Donald Trump. He’s a racist.” They get pissed. [laughs]

I probably lose a fan with every post. I don’t know what they want from us. We are humans. We have our own opinions. We have our beliefs. They like the music, but they can’t separate the music and the actual person. They want everything to be how they want it to be.

That’s why I lose fans, but I don’t care. I make music. I focus on those people who support it. For those who don’t or got mad about something I said in an interview, f*ck them.

Was there any particular thing that sparked you to write the song “Gift Rap”?

Yeah, I travel around and people just want to know is Slaughterhouse over – “Is Em shelving you guys?” I just felt like saying something like, “Let me put something out there, so people will know and not get it twisted.”

First of all, Em is the biggest Slaughterhouse supporter. I was just in Detroit with Em, and we were talking about different things. He’s excited about putting out Slaughterhouse. When he’s talking to you, there’s nothing in your mind that makes you think, “He doesn’t support Slaughterhouse.” He’s the biggest supporter.

As far as the gang, we go our separate ways, but we’re doing this. This is something that’s going to get done. We’re about to release our third album. That’s phenomenal for a group, because a lot of groups don’t make it pass one or two albums.

We can’t leave right now. There’s too much of an important moment happening for us right now in Hip Hop. I believe the Trap music – which I’m not knocking – it’s a lot of it, and I believe it’s starting to fizzle down some. So this is an important moment for lyricists. We can’t remove ourselves from this moment.

So you’re saying Glass House is on the way?

Yeah, but I want to change the name. I don’t like that name.

Have you guys discussed changing the name?

I told Joell, “We got to change the name. I hate that name.” [laughs]

Slaughterhouse

Slaughterhouse

So we should just be looking out for “untitled” third Slaughterhouse album?

Untitled! [laughs] It’s a dope album though. I know I’m doing the Statik KXNG thing, and I’m grateful for this opportunity just to stay putting music out. It’s a great feeling, but the Slaughterhouse sh*t is a dope album.

We hit some roadblocks, so we had to figure some things out. They’re all figured out. I’m going to just let the label tell the people what’s going on, because I’m definitely not trying to.

I look forward to the Slaughterhouse album, but this Statik KXNG is dope. It’s good to hear some really powerful lyrics over great tracks. We don’t get that too often.

Thank you. That’s what I’m talking about, going back to that. I didn’t want some over-produced sh*t. I don’t think Statik did either. You know, where people bring in full on bands, opera singers, and harp players. It was just like, “Yo, Statik make a hard ass beat. I’m going to just start rapping.” That’s just what it was. It’s dope to be part of it. We’re shooting videos. I just love it. What can I say? I’m a lucky man. [laughs]

[ALSO READ: EXCLUSIVE: Kxng Crooked Says “If You’re Not A Rapper Then Get The F*ck Out Of Hip Hop”]

Read part 1 of Kxng Crooked’s AllHipHop.com interview HERE.

Kxng Crooked & Statik Selektah’s Statik KXNG album is available for purchase on iTunes.

Follow Kxng Crooked on Twitter @CrookedIntriago and Instagram kxngcrooked.

Stream Statik KXNG via Spotify below.

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  • hoeyuno

    That Statik KXNG album is dope as fucc!!

  • Papi Peligro

    Agree with Crooked on the ghostwriting thing. Nobody is going to have success as a spitter and especially a black man cause the radio dont want to play it. If the Radio don’t want to play then the commercial system shuts you out. No NBA commercials. You need to go to a Tribe style of Lyricism but catchy word play. Slaughter House tried to go Euro pop or something and I didn’t think they’d ever make an album again.

  • THISIS50

    Statik KXNG is dope

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  • MR. UNDI$PUTED THE MOGUL

    He’s a 1,000,000,000,000% correct on the issue of Ghost writing! There’s no way you can claim to be one of the greatest MC’s/Rappers when the words are coming from someone elses mind!!!! That’s like telling everyone how smart you are because you are getting all A’s on your school work but your older brother or genius best friend is giving you all the answers!!!!

    • pauleyPee

      One of the things that the best schools emphasize is teamwork… That is: part of being able to perform at a high level in this life (part of being able to achieve A+ work) is being able to work on projects within groups………………………… This is also a universal truth. So, there is that.

      One can be a great emcee in their own right, and also for the sake of creating the best recordings, work as part of a songwriting team to produce for themselves better overall music. Being a great emcee and working collaboratively are not mutually exclusive things.

    • pimpsquadpop

      You can’t be the best MC with a ghostwriter, but you can definitely be the best rapper imo

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  • ApricotNapalm

    All these ngas know Nas got em….cept Genius, Rakim, G Rap maybe

    • that dude

      Nah, he got them too. Don’t front. He waaaay outlasted them and is still putting out quality music.

      • ApricotNapalm

        well i feel Nas got his style from Rakim & Kool G.

      • Rakim & Slick Rick probably, he always gives props to them

      • that dude

        I agree, but he took they shit to the next level. And like dude said, he always gives them their proper respect.

      • ApricotNapalm

        Kool G bruh? no way, i went back and listened to the tapes

      • that dude

        Kool G didn’t last as long as Nas did. Neither did Rakim. Is it because he’s better than Nas? I don’t think so. Numbers don’t lie. And when they were Nas age they were long gone on the sidelines.

      • ApricotNapalm

        i’m not talkin about lasting in the game as any kind of proof. Rakim is still touring and started b4 Nas. I’m talking my ear…& shout out to Kid & Play because their cadence & flo inspired ngas who dont want to admit it because they wasnt gangsters

      • disqus_lcLBazVyTd

        that damn march madness track is where its at he spoke the real… its like he told future to take a seat and LISTEN

  • STEPH

    If you write your shit your an emcee, if you have a ghostwriter your an artist period.

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