Quentin Miller has denied claims that he is the ghostwriter of Drake‘s lyrics and raps.
Earlier this week, Meek Mill claimed that the Toronto native “don’t write his own raps”, adding that he wouldn’t have included him on his new album if he had known prior. The Philadelphia rapper released his second album ‘Dreams Worth More Than Money’ in June, with Drake featuring on the track ‘R.I.C.O’.
Following the claims, hip-hop DJ Funkmaster Flex aired an alleged “reference track” from Quentin Miller, a songwriter credited on Drake’s latest mixtape ‘If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late’. The early demo, played on Flex’s Hot 97 radio show, features many of the same lyrics later featured in Drake’s ’10 Bands’.
However, Miller has moved to distance himself from the speculation and posted an open letter on Tumblr to clarify his involvement with Drake’s work. In the letter, which can be read in full below, Miller alleges that his input to the mixtape songs was minimal and praises the rapper’s philanthropy and musical ability.
Miller’s letter reads:
“Winter 2014… I was just another guy working a job he hated with a passion for music…. And somehow found myself on the phone with one of my idols. I told him I worked in a bakery and his exact words were ‘Fuck that, your destined for greatness.’
“Most of the project was done before i came in the picture.. I remember him playing it for me for the first time thinking ‘Why am I here?’ like.. what does he need me for??’ The answer is nothing. I watched this man piece together words in front of me, I watched him write/ replace bars 2- 3 at a time on 6pm in NY. I witnessed him light up, go in and freestyle ‘Madonna’.”
“When nobody would pay attention, drake saw something in me and reached out… Of all people… drizzy. Two artist in exact opposite spaces in their career.. We came together and made something special..”
“I am not and never will be a “ghostwriter” for drake.. Im proud to say that we’ve collaborated .. but i could never take credit for anything other than the few songs we worked on together ..”
Drake’s long time producer Noah ’40’ Shebib also moved to defend Drake after Mill and Funkmaster Flex’s allegations and posted a series of tweets about their songwriting process.
Drake himself later broke his silence on the matter by writing on Instagram: “I signed up for greatness. This comes with it”.