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10 Best Ghostwritten Rap Songs of All Time

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Hip-hop author and journalist Dream Hampton created a firestorm earlier this week after tweeting that Nas hired fellow rappers Jay Electronica and Stic Man to help him pen songs on his Untitled (N-word) album.

After a fan questioned Hampton on if Jay-Z would ever create a politically charged album similar to Nas’ Untitled, Hampton responded by saying “Jay-Z writes what he believes,” and she implied that Nas used ghostwriters.

Hip-hop blogs and other Twitter users were immediately shocked by Hampton’s claim. Some believed that it was almost blasphemous to suggest one of the greatest rappers in history didn’t write his own rhymes.

However, Jay Electronica and Stic Man both denied ever writing for Nas. But while ghostwriting in hip-hop is almost forbidden, some rappers make it known that they need assistance when it comes to penning the perfect rap.

Click continue to see rolling out‘s list of the 10 best ghostwritten rap songs of all time.

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  1. SherriEtienne on August 17, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Great songs no matter who wrote them!

  2. Vandellish on August 17, 2012 at 10:30 am

    I thought the definition of ‘Ghostwriting’ is that the actual writer is hidden. These seem to be songs that someone else wrote for the artist. With that criteria I think Biz Markie’s ‘Vapors’ written by Big Daddy Kane should be here. Also, Tone Loc’s ‘Wild Thing’ penned by Young MC.
    P.S. – When was ‘Gettin Jiggy Wit It’ a good song???

  3. UncleChuck2 on August 17, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    A SONG is words SUNG to a melody; a RAP is words RECITED to a BEAT, ergo; there are NO rap SONGS, but many good RAPS.

  4. Kyle Meta4ce on November 18, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Royce Da 5’9 wrote the message…NOT hov.

  5. Stormy Mauldin on December 9, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Actually, none of Eazy-E’s verses were “ghostwritten”… He was open about the fact that Ice Cube did the writing. Take the line “Ice Cube writes the rhymes that I say.” Can’t get any more direct evidence than that.

  6. phillipkslick on May 11, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Some of these dudes are primarily produces so I can’t really have a problem with them being ghostwritten. But Nas being ghostwitten makes it hard for me to listen to so many of his songs. Will Smith being ghostwritten, why would anyone care? Jay Z, eh, even at his best he’s just fun pop music after Hard Knock Life so it doesn’t matter.

    • Bobby on May 27, 2014 at 10:49 am

      Um, where does it say that Nas was ghostwritten?

  7. Vadym on September 4, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Nice service for hiring ghostwriters:

  8. SMH on February 14, 2015 at 2:17 am

    The message is written by Royce da 59 not Jay Z… GET YA FACTS RIGHT !

  9. Corey Austin on October 20, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    I Need a Doctor is the only Dr. Dre song that he wrote himself. And Royce the 5’9 wrote The Message. Do better research before you post an article…