Ice Cube's Advice to Rappers: Write Your Own Stuff

Ice Cube's Advice to Rappers: Write Your Own Stuff

Cube doesn't exactly respect ghostwriting.

Published August 5, 2015

The controversy behind ghostwriting has been brought back up to a boil in the rap world after the whole Drake vs. Meek Mill word battle, and Ice Cube dropped his opinion on the matter.

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In an interview with MTV News promoting the forthcoming Straight Outta Compton flick, Cube talked ghostwriters, explaining that, “It’s been a part of music since music has been able to be recorded and probably before that.”    

No matter how common, the veteran MC doesn’t approve of rappers outsourcing their pens. "I'm not a fan of it,” he added. “I respect rappers more when they write their own lyrics. As far as making a song, anybody can put a song together. It don’t matter how it come together. All that matters is what’s coming out the speaker. So, as far as making music and making records, it don’t matter who write it. As far as emceeing and being a rapper, you should write your own stuff."

Later, Cube shared some advice on the art of the lyrical clap back. As a teacher in hip hop’s school of diss records, he noted that it’s all in “fun,” but you can’t hold back. “Go for the jugular. You can’t play with it. Don’t dance around it. Don’t be scared to say what you know you need to say. Go for it.”    

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Written by Latifah Muhammad

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