News: Birdman On Lil Wayne's Pen Game, "When You're Trying To Be Great, You Ain't Bout To Let No N*gga Write For You"
Monday, Feb 15, 2010 11:40AM
Cash Money Records co-founder Birdman has defended his artist Lil Wayne in light of being scolded in the past for allegedly having other writers pen his raps.
According to the rap mogul, Wayne's material strictly comes from the rapper's own mind.
"C'mon, man," Baby said when asked if Drake writes for the rapper. "Wayne don't even write, man. Honestly Wayne don't write. I don't know how he do that sh*t he do, but don't no n*gga do it for him. Wayne don't play that shit, he never did. We ain't with that sh*t. That's cheatin' to me, when you're trying to be great. When you're just an artist that wants a hot record, that's something different, but when you're trying to be great you ain't bout to let no n*gga write for you, cause you don't wanna lose none of the credit. Wayne wants to be the best to ever do it. To be the greatest ever takes your skillful thoughts, not another person's." (Ozone Magazine)
Former Cash Money Records artist Gillie the Kid said he ghost wrote for Wayne in the past.
He did accuse Weezy of swagger-jacking, however, saying, "It's a lot of Philadelphia influence in New Orleans." There is a huge difference from just being influenced by an MC and having an MC ghostwrite for you. So the question remains, did Gillie pen some of Wayne's lyrics for Tha Carter and Tha Carter, Vol. 2? "Not for Carter 2," Gillie laughed. "I wasn't around for Tha Carter 2. Give all the credit to Lil Wayne for that. But it was a whole lot of things going down for Carter 1. Holla at your boy, Wayne." (MTV)
Last year, rap veteran Jaz-O said Wayne used a team of writers for his music.
"Jay-Z fell off the cliff," Jaz-O said in an interview. "I don't know what happened to him and one thing I have to say, and what makes them wack, there's certain lines you just don't cross. These dudes got writers. Lil Wayne has a gang of writers. You can look at, like, okay, everybody likes him and I would like him too if I listened to mainstream radio all the time. I would like him too because that's all they play, but that's the core [audience]." ("Street Disciplez Radio")
Slaughterhouse's Royce Da 5'9 previously spoke on being a ghost writer for Diddy.
"When I go in with Puff, I give him what he asks for," Royce revealed in an interview. "That's one thing he's never asked before [which is to dumb it down.] He's never came and said 'Yo, that's too lyrical.' If anything, it's 'Yo, put some more lines it it.' He's a fan of lyrics. He's a fan of lyrics, it's just the overall sound I think when people hear it, they have the impression that he wants to dumb everything down. I think he's just the opposite. I think he wants to figure out ways to combine both the worlds. The very very commercial 'I can sell this to anybody' world and he wants to maintain that lyrical integrity because he's from the streets. So I think he tries to combine 'em and I think he tries to find people that can put him in that lane. Because him just spitting it alone gives him another appeal. I see what he's doing and he normally is able to pull it off, I'm not in there all the time because I got my own sh*t that I'm dealing with but trust in me every time he calls I try to go and give him what he's looking for." (Ms Drama TV)
Check out a past Birdman interview down below: