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Drake & Producer Noah Shebib Respond to Meek Mill's Ghostwriting Claim
While Meek Mill isn't backing off his claim that Drake "don't write his own raps" (he reiterated the claim during a recent stop on girlfriend Nicki Minaj's the Pinkprint Tour), Drake himself has responded to the diss – and as with all things Drake, he's keeping it low-key.
So low key, in fact, that he let his friend, Hitman Holla, share his retort for him: "I signed up for greatness, this comes with it."
Lol this my guy! pic.twitter.com/WUAtFsWCbr— #BallGame (@HitmanHolla) July 22, 2015
Longtime Drake producer Noah "40" Shebib, however, is defending the OVO honcho's reputation more vigorously. In a series of tweets on Wednesday (July 22), Shebib pointed out Quentin Miller -- the alleged ghostwriter behind Drake and other rappers -- is openly credited in Drake's liner notes. In other words, there's no cover-up: Drake acknowledges the contributions others make to his music.
Shebib says that while he's spent somewhere around 5,000 hours in the studio with Drake, he's only worked with Miller for 30 minutes of that time.
"Sometimes [Drake's] skill is used to recognize other great songs," Shebib tweeted. "Thankfully for me drake isn't just a rapper. He's also a musician and a producer and a creator."
Check out Shebib's Twitter riposte to Meek Mill's claim below.
If your asking if q contributed to if you're reading this the answer is yes. You can also read that in the credits.— Noah Shebib (@OVO40) July 23, 2015
No one is as talented as drake. It's not worth my time. I need someone who understands song writing on a higher level...— Noah Shebib (@OVO40) July 23, 2015
Sometimes that skill is used to recognize other great songs... Like in all forms of music... Except rap.— Noah Shebib (@OVO40) July 23, 2015
Rap has a stigma about writing your own lyrics and rightfully so... its a very personal art form and its rooted in speaking truthfully.— Noah Shebib (@OVO40) July 23, 2015
Thankfully for me drake isn't just a rapper. He's also a musician and a producer and a creator.— Noah Shebib (@OVO40) July 23, 2015
Theres countless number ones and songs drake has written for others never mind himself, thats the funny part lol!— Noah Shebib (@OVO40) July 23, 2015
and even more ironic is that drake is maybe the most personal rapper ever— Noah Shebib (@OVO40) July 23, 2015
never has someone spoken about themselves or there own perspective so vividly... ever.— Noah Shebib (@OVO40) July 23, 2015