As the dominating force of female rap clutches the reins over the millennial hip-hop game, some controversy has emerged with it—namely, the hotly-debated issuance of ghostwriters.
The disputable practice among rap artistry dates back to more tolerable times with Eazy E and NWA and stretching into more taboo territory of modern rap society (such as Drake and Meek Mill’s former feud). More recently, it reared its head yet again upon the revelation that 21-year-old Lil Yachty was the lead pen master behind Miami star rap duo City Girls’ now-platinum-selling smash hit, “Act Up.”
City Girls tied no secrets around the matter either, including Yachty in the official “Act Up” music video and even including a scene where he hilariously flexes his songwriting and cadence savvy for Yung Miami’s second verse. Despite the single’s burgeoning success, there are apparently still those who have gripes with its ghostwriting agency. Thus, the deliberation has now leaked into the female hip-hop circle, and some of its leading ladies have positioned their stances on the matter, including Yung Miami herself and Bronx’s breakout rap star and City Girls “Twerk” collaborator, Cardi B.
“A HIT IS A HIT!!!” her post read. “Some of y’all h**es need writers PERIODT.” After one Instagrammer claimed she still “can’t rap” and boasted JT as the rap talent keeping City Girls afloat, Miami’s clapback was swift. “And you still know my sh** word for word NEXT.”
“We be writing our sh**,” she wrote on Twitter, tagging fellow Texas femme rap talent Megan Thee Stallion.
“I bet you rap that whole f**king song with your whole motherf**king heart, b**ch!” Cardi clapped back after following up Miami’s point that those same critics know the song verbatim.
Cardi added that the ladies with men problems especially rap along to the hit single as their summer anthem of choice—City Girls accent and all. “I bet you use they accent though! You not using Lil Yachty accent, you using they accent! The f**k! Y’all be singing that song with y’all whole f**king chest. Y’all b**ches be hating.”
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