Women in Music 2016

Rick Ross Shares New Song 'Crocodile Python'

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Rick ross photographed in 2015.

Rick Ross has a big secret to tell: he’s a ghostwriter.  

The dark art of ghostwriting in the hip-hop world came to the surface earlier this year when Meek Mill called out Drake for not writing his own raps. It turned out to be the start of a particularly entertaining beef.  

Ross, who signed Mill to his Maybach Music Group label, has now revealed he’s an exponent of that dark art. In his own words, he’s “one of the biggest in the rap game.”

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Speaking to Time, Rozay explained. “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.”

The song is called -- wait for it -- “Ghostwriter.” Ross contends there are situations where employing the skillset of a ghostwriter is “understandable.”

He continued, “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,” he explained. “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.”

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"Ghostwriter" will appear on Ross’ eighth studio set, Black Market, which is due to drop Dec. 4.

He’s just shared the audio for the album track "Crocodile Python," which can be heard below. The new song comes on the heels of his remix of Adele’s "Hello." Ross' last full album was 2014's Hood Billionaire.