What Does Ice Cube Think About Ghostwriting In Hip-Hop? (Video)

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Ice Cube is widely regarded as one of Hip-Hop’s most influential MCs. Whether with N.W.A., Westside Connection, or a multi-platinum solo career, the Los Angeles, California MC has written songs that have defined years, eras, and Rap music as a whole.

Notably, Cube has written for others along the way, most notably his N.W.A. band-mate, Eazy-E. On the heels of a back-and-forth war of lyrics between Meek Mill and Drake, Watch Loud opted to ask Don Mega has thoughts on ghostwriting in Hip-Hop.

“I don’t think it ever mattered, in record-making,” said the #1 album making and honoree of both VH1 and BET Awards. “When you talk about making a record, I don’t think people ever cared what it takes to make a good record, just make sure it’s good. I think making a record is like building a house: people don’t really expect one person to just do it. It’s a team effort.” The onetime 5-mic winner by The Source magazine (for AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted) did further clarify, “As far as being a B-Boy, as far as being a Hip-Hop Head, far as respecting the essence and the nature [of MC’ing], to me, you get extra points if you write your own lyrics.”

In related news, Cube will appear on Dr. Dre’s third studio solo album, Compton (August 7). Additionally, Cube and MC Ren will work together on E-A-Ski’s just-announced Artist/Producer EP, on a song called “Fear.”

Straight Outta Compton, which Ice Cube co-produced, opens in theaters August 14.

Related: It’s Official. Dr. Dre’s First Album in 16 Years Will Be Released Friday.