(AllHipHop News) Cyhi The Prynce may not be the most famous member of the G.O.O.D. Music roster, but the Atlanta native has built a reputation among his followers as being a top-notch lyricist. While Cyhi has yet to release an official solo album under the label, he has worked with G.O.O.D. founder Kanye West on his LPs.
During a sit down with Montreality, Cyhi was asked about the practice of ghostwriting in Hip Hop. The conversation has been a major topic in the culture since Meek Mill claimed Drake did not write the lyrics for his verse on “R.I.C.O.” and reference tracks of Quentin Miller recording Drizzy’s lines leaked to the internet.
Some Hip Hop fans believe having someone else write your bars eliminates you from the conversation of great emcees. Others argue the final product is all that matters.
“I agree with both sides. But what you have to understand about artists like Drake and Kanye, they’ve already bodied Hip Hop,” stated Cyhi. “They’ve already reached every plateau. Every BET award, every MTV award, every Grammy you get for Hip Hop, they’ve gotten it.”
The rapper/songwriter continued by comparing rap stars to acts from other genres. He made the point that many Pop and R&B artists have multiple people helping them craft records.
“Whitney Houston’s in the studio or Adele’s in the studio with 20 people. And she wins the Grammy. Or Sam Smith wins the Grammy because he had 30 people working on this project, when you feel like as a rapper you can only have yourself,” added Cyhi. “That’s what I think Meek didn’t understand in the cases of Drakes and Kendricks. When you get to competing for those legendary Oscars, Grammys, and American Music Awards – Justin Bieber is not in the studio by himself.”
It should be noted that Meek accused Drake of paying Quentin Miller to write his full verses for him which is different from co-writing, but Miller has denied being a “ghostwriter” for the OVO leader. Also, Kendrick Lamar has never been connected to ghostwriting allegations. The TDE representative actually spoke out against the practice in his song “King Kunta.”
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Watch Cyhi The Prynce’s interview below.