Poison Pen: When Ghostwriters Strike

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  • Lauryn Hill
  • B.o.B.
  • Sugar Hill Gang
  • Dr. Dre, The D.O.C., Ice Cube, Eminem, Jay Z, Big Hutch, Warren G, Daz, Melman, Scott Storch
  • Rhymefest, Kanye West, Roscoe Dash
  • Keri Hilson, Beyonce
  • Milli Vanilli
  • Jay Z, Memphis Bleek
  • T.I., Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azealia
  • Kanye and D-Dot
  • Jay Electronica, Nas, stic.man, dead prez
  • Kanye West, Roscoe Dash, Wale
  • Twista, LL Cool J, MC Lyte
  • Prince
  • Diddy, The Notorious B.I.G., Jay Z, Sauce Money, Pete Rock
  • Large Professor, Eric B. & Rakim

Ghostwriter's Delight

Rap's first ghostwriting controversy started with Sugar Hill Gang's 1979 classic "Rapper's Delight." Group member Big Bank Hank lifted his rhymes from the Cold Crush Brothers' Grandmaster Caz, whom he used to manage. You can even hear Hank spell out "Casanova Fly," Caz's nickname in the track. Caz never received credit — or a single dime — despite the song's continued worldwide success.

(Photo: Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage.com)

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