The good thing about the still somehow unfolding Drake "ghostwriter" scandal is that at this point I don't have to write much. At this point writing, this story is like Steph Curry shooting a free throw, like Rick Ross polishing off a bucket of lemon pepper wings. Automatic.
Yet more reference tracks for Drake have surfaced, but instead of Quentin Miller this time around its PARTYNEXTDOOR doing the writing and singing, and the tracks in question are "Legend" and "Company." As of writing this the powers that be have scrubbed the reference for "Company" from the internet (Drake's Illuminati membership is paying off) and I'm just not comfortable writing about what I can't hear, but "Legend" is a different story.
Let's take this one step at a time. First, did PND ghostwrite "Legend"? No. As I've explained exactly and precisely 47,000 times already, a songwriter gets official credit on a song, making them eligible to earn publishing money and awards (like Soulja Boy on Lemonade). A ghostwriter does not. PND is credited as a producer and writer on "Legend," therefore he did not ghostwrite "Legend" for Drake. It's that simple.
Second, what's a reference track? I'm glad you asked, we already answered that too. Long story short it's a rough draft of a song that a songwriter passes along for the main artist to use as a....you guessed it...reference when they record the official version of the song.
Third, as we already established around the time Drake judo-flipped Meek Mill's attack into a stunning victory, no one really cares. The first reports of Views' numbers are stunning - or relatively predictable if you were predicting that this album would be Peak Drake.
"One Dance" has already broken Adele's UK streaming record, and the album, on the whole, is projected to sell approximately 740K first week, which would top Lemonade and, yes, make Drake more popular than Beyoncé. Although at least partial credit is due to the way he's exploited the RIAA's new rules around streaming numbers.
So yes, Drake is obviously reliant on songwriters not just for his hooks, but his verses as well. And yes, he sometimes uses ghostwriters too, although not on "Legend." And yes, those facts haven't slowed down Drake's ascension to the pop superstardom throne in the slightest because most people don't care about how something is made as long as they enjoy it. Just ask McDonald's.
Just like the Quentin Miller saga, this too shall pass. The only real revelation here is that PND sounds terrible without studio equipment.