Posted: May 23, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Ghostwriting – one of Hip Hop’s best-kept secrets

For Hank, it was easier than he thought. Finally, somebody who could say his boasts with full confidence.

Sure, Julian – Vic Vicious–would get the applause – but this way,

Hank wouldn’t hear them boo again.

A brief wikipedia overview on the subject:

A ghostwriter is a writer who writes books, articles, stories, reports, or other texts that are officially credited to another person. Celebrities, executives, and political leaders often hire ghostwriters to draft or edit autobiographies, magazine articles, or other written material. In music, ghostwriters are often used for writing songs and lyrics for popular music genres.

In hip-hop music, the increasing use of ghostwriters by high-profile hip-hop stars has led to controversy. Critics view the increasing use of hip-hop ghostwriters as the “perversion of hip-hop by commerce.” This is because of the limiting definition of “rapping” as “…about you expressing yourself through your own words, not someone else’s.” Chuck D of Public Enemy thinks this point of view is mistaken because “…not everyone is equipped to be a lyricist and not everyone is equipped to be a vocalist.” He points out that creating a rap song may require multiple talents. Currently in hip-hop, the credit given to ghostwriters varies: “silent pens might sign confidentiality clauses, appear obliquely in the liner notes, or discuss their participation freely.” In some cases, liner notes credit individuals for “vocal arrangement”, which may be a euphemism for ghostwriting. In the late 2000s (decade), hip-hop ghostwriting services like Rap Rebirth, have appeared online, which provide recording artists who wish to purchase ghostwritten rhymes a greater degree of anonymity.



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