Well before the name Drake or “Champagne Papi” was even uttered, ghostwriting has been tactic used by some of hip-hop’s most notable artists. Enter stage left: Kanye West, who is now under fire for using not one but several ghostwriters since the start of his career.
In a recent sit down with The Daily Beast, Chicago emcee, Rhymefest opened up about his longtime affiliation with Yeezy as his songwriter. According to the rapper, he wrote virtually all the lyrics to “Jesus Walks” – an anthem that catapulted Ye’ to hip-hop hall of fame. However, he has yet to receive his well-deserved credit.
Although, he does acknowledge Kanye’s artistry as what made tracks like “Jesus Walks” a success – Rhymesfest hasn’t received so much as a mention inside an album cover for his wordplay. “[Kanye] rapped the song better than I probably would’ve at that time,” Rhymefest explained. “So, he should get the credit for that. But he wouldn’t have all that without my words. It was a personal song, but it was my words.”
The Chi-town native, however, isn’t the first to come forward with these same allegations against Kanye. A few years ago, Consequence accused Ye’ of not crediting him on a handful of songs he wrote for Graduation. Ex-girlfriend, Amber Rose also spoke up against West when she called him out at a nightclub, saying that Travi$ Scott writes all of his songs.
But from the looks of it, Rhymefest has seemingly had enough. “I’m tired of writing songs for other people,” he said. “So now, I got to put my own music out there”