Rumors that Iggy Azalea had some ghostwriting help on her smash single "Fancy" have been swirling around the Aussie superstar for months, but despite the multiple accusations and denials, we've never had anything even approaching proof of a ghostwriter, until now.
Last week, during an interview with Sway In The Morning, veteran Inglewood rapper Skeme was asked about his work as a veteran, GRAMMY-nominated ghostwriter. After quite a bit of push back from the artist, who last appeared on our pages in February with "Red Carpet," Sway finally got him to crack and admit his participation as a contributing writer on Azalea's career-making song.
"We had something to do with it," Skeme confirmed, going on to say, "“We put trust funds up for that song.”
According to ASCAP, which handles publishing rights for recording artists, Skeme, whose government name is Lonnie Kimble, is not listed as a writer. However, as TSS insinuated, it's probable that to keep the identity of the ghostwriter hidden, an under-the-table agreement between the artist, their management and others was struck.
Iggy, who walked away from the GRAMMYs without an award in hand, is far from the first popular recording artist to allegedly employ the services of a ghostwriter. It's long been said that Will Smith's "Gettin Jiggy Wit It" was penned by Nas, and history has later confirmed that Dr. Dre's "Still D.R.E." was written by JAY Z and that Diddy's "The Future" was first inscribed into a book of rhyme by Pharoahe Monch. So the question remains, if it turns out "Fancy" was ghostwritten, how much does that really matter?
Skeme, who has not released a new project in over a year, is readying the release of his new album, Ingleworld 2, for Tuesday, April 21.