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While club anthems and swag music continue to dominate the airwaves, lyrics remain the foundation to any one picking up the microphone. Even with the acclaim that comes from spitting a strong verse, there are some rappers that have chosen to have others do the writing for them.

The disclosure of writing for others had always stayed taboo, but over the years details of who really created the magic behind some of Rap’s biggest hits have started to become public knowledge.

Specifically they are called ghostwriters and for the right price they can even make your sh-t tighter. Sure there are those rhyme impaired moguls and producers who need the extra help with their bars, but on the low some of your favorite spitters have been assisted by pen for hires. Ghostwriting used to mean that said person caught a big check in exchange for never mentioning their assistance.

However, keeping such secrets in Hip-Hop has proven to be a fool’s errand. So we present to you 11 rappers who have surprisingly (and allegedly) used ghostwriters in the following pages. The key word here is “surprisingly” (i.e. we all know Foxy Brown and Lil Kim got aid from Jay Z and the Notorious B.I.G., respectively), so let us know who on this list shocked you the most in the comments section.

Photos: BET,  Tommy Boy Records, Complex, Sony Music, MTV, The Source, Roc-A-Fella Records

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