Precision Writtens isn’t just a one man show. When you work with us, you’re getting a whole team of writers. In technical terms, we represent the best rap ghostwriters for hire out there. Combined, our writers have over a 100 years of experience and have been influenced by all stages of Hip Hop. However, we take issue with the term ghostwriter. Mainly because there are a lot of different ways to have something ghostwritten and not all of them are ‘equal’ so labeling something ghostwritten can be deceiving. It’s like the word ‘sports’. At one end you have the NFL and at the other end you have speed chess. Blinking is about the only thing they have in common but they’re still both called sports.
The most frequent criticism of ghostwriting in Hip Hop is that it’s fake. "If the artist didn’t write the lyrics themselves, then they aren’t being real." To break this down you have to recognize how certain types of ghostwriting differ from each other. Where is the content coming from? This is the most important factor. Are the ideas of the song or verse the artist's or the ghostwriter's? If they’re coming from the ghostwriter, that's one thing and we can at least have a conversation about the legitimacy there, however, if the song concept, details, thoughts, ideas etc. are coming from the artist, then the criticism of them being fake seems to fall.
MAIN GOAL AS AN ARTIST
Time and time again, the best compass proves to be looking at things from the fan's perspective. When it comes down to it, the goal should be to put out the highest quality to the fans. If an artist has to sacrifice a little pride to make this happen, it seems like a rather small price to pay. It's like Serious Jones said, “Dr Dre, classics. Classics! Chronic. He had writers. What, it’s not classic because he had a writer?” Here's some more insight into ghostwriting in Hip Hop... For arguments sake, lets grant that hiring a ghostwriter somehow hurts an artist's image. Would rejecting a ghostwriter(translator) still be the right move, even if it would increase the quality of music the fans receive? Not exactly an easy question.
TRANSLATING VS. GHOSTWRITING RAP
When the artist’s message and vision of a song is being expressed exactly how the artist wants it to be, how much is it really ghostwritten? How disingenuous is it? How ‘fake’ is it when the artist’s thoughts are what constitute the lyrics? This is why we don’t like the word “ghostwriting”. We prefer ‘translating’ because it’s a much more accurate way of describing what we do. We’re just taking the artist’s message and translating it into a special kind of ‘language’ that everyone loves to listen to, but few can write. The individual mind of the artist is still right there on display to the fans, just in a more appealing form and because of this, it seems the accusation of ‘fake’ doesn’t make much sense. Celebrities get ghostwriters to write their memoirs but they don’t call them ghostwritten because the message and thoughts of the celebrities are still intact. We do the same, just with lyrics. Also, it’s worth pointing out that lyrics aren’t always from the artist’s point of view. Some songs can be telling a story, intentionally unrelated to the artist’s personal experiences.
Critics rarely try to look at things from your perspective as an artist. Getting money is much harder than it was 10 or 20 years ago. You can definitely get your sound out easier but actually making money off that sound is a whole other thing. A lot of artists have to be touring all the time just to stay in business and that means you can’t be putting out new music. Artists that have writers on the other hand, can be touring non-stop and be putting out new music to fans at the same time. This is a huge advantage. Think about it. How are you as a lone artist supposed to compete with other artists who have a whole team of writers working on new tracks while they’re on the road? When they get back from touring they’re ready to put out a whole new album and you haven’t even had the time to pick out beats yet. You can’t compete with that. No one can. So put bluntly, you have two options. Either you get writers or you get run over by those who do. We go into more detail about this here: The Blunt Truth about Ghostwriting.