Whether or not he has new music on the horizon, MMG head honcho Rick Ross is always a fixture in the headlines. Back in September he released his Black Dollar mixtape while also announcing that his forthcoming studio album, Black Market, will be available in December. Since then, he has doubled on his presence with new music and news for the blogosphere. This past summer, his very own protege Meek Mill was embroiled in a feud with Drake, in which he accused the Toronto star of employing a ghostwriter.
Ross recently sat down with Time to discuss his impending project and shared that he has a track titled “Ghostwriter,” in which he speaks on the subject. He went on to say that he is one of the biggest ghostwriters in the rap game. It is no secret that Rozay has given a helping hand on songs to Diddy and Dr. Dre, but he is also rumored to have written for the likes of Trick Daddy and Trina back when he was signed to Suave House Records in the early 2000s.
How did your time in the headlines shape the direction of the album?
It most definitely made it a more personal record, it made it a more—I don’t want to use the word serious, but more a topic-driven record. I had a lot of time to just sit by myself, so I had a lot more things I wanted to address. That’s what I did on this LP. I spoke on different things. One of them goes by the name of “Ghostwriter.” I finally wrote a record telling the way it feels for me to be a ghostwriter, and not only a ghostwriter, but one of the biggest in the rap game. Because of my own personal success I’ve always been able to keep that in the shadows. On this record, I just felt it was so current. It was needed.
Ross then elaborates on the subject
Ghostwriting was a big topic this year with the feud between Drake and Meek Mill. Do you think that having someone write rhymes for you is necessarily at odds with being an authentic artist?
It depends on really the point you’re looking at. If you’re a battle rapper on the block, the emcee battle challenger, not writing your rhymes could really hurt you. When you’re an artist where maybe the focus is really the talent and the different things you bring to the game, I believe it’s more understandable. Someone who may have another vision or just ideas that are priceless versus someone who’s like, “I’m basing my entire career off the words I’m finna tell you right now over this 30-second period.” I’m not speaking to anybody in particular, but let’s say for instance if you was DMX and had a ghostwriter, it’d maybe change the [perception] versus if you was will.i.am. I think that’s more about the music, the records.
Black Market is slated for a December 4th release.