Quentin Miller, the rapper Meek named as the true lyrical force behind Drake’s raps, took to Tumblr to dispute that claim.
In the post, Miller wrote about his life before and after working with Drake. He says that Drake plucked him from a job at a bakery to work on If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, his celebrated February mixtape. (Miller ended up being credited on five of the tape’s tracks.) Miller also details watching Drake write and record the album. He specifically mentions watching him work on songs like “6PM in New York” and “Madonna,” both of which ended up included on the album.
Finally, Miller notes that calling someone a “ghostwriter” when they’re credited in an album’s liner notes doesn’t make much sense. The concept of ghostwriting is grounded in someone not receiving credit for their work; if Miller had given Drake a bunch of verses for the album without receiving any mention in the packaging or credits, the accusation would make more sense. “I am not and never will be a ‘ghostwriter’ for Drake.. I’m proud to say that we’ve collaborated.. but I could never take credit for anything other than the few songs we worked on together,” writes Miller.