Drake Ghostwriter Allegations Continue with “Mob Ties” Reference Track Leak

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Does Drake use a ghostwriter? That question has been a popular topic among hip-hop heads since Drake blew up and interest has exploded again after the Kendrick Lamar and Drake beef. Now a new reference track has leaked online.

The reference track for “Mob Ties” made by Vory has leaked online, though neither Drake nor Vory have commented on the leak. Reference tracks are songs recorded by a writer and intended to be an outline or lyric-for-lyric copy and paste job for the artist they’re working with. Podcaster DJ Akademiks claimed that even though Vory is credited on Drake’s “Mob Ties,” he didn’t contribute to the writing.

“Imma tell you how I know he ain’t write shit for Drake—”Mob Ties” was almost like a Toronto n*gga spitting,” DJ Akademiks said on his ‘Off the Record’ podcast about the single. The track released on Drake’s 2018 double album, Scorpion. The song credits Drake, Allen Ritter, and Boi-1da as writers and producers. The Firm and the Trackmasters are also credited, since the track features the Nas single “Affirmative Action.” Vory is the only writing credit who isn’t part of Drake’s OVO or artists who worked on “Affirmative Action.”

The reference track leaked features similar structure and only minor differences in terms of lyrics when comparing the leaked Vory track to the released Drake track.

Drake’s ghostwriting rumors have haunted the rapper since 2015 with the release of “R.I.C.O” by Meek Mill and featuring Drake. Meek threw shade at Drake over his verse on that track, alleging the verse was ghost written by Quentin Miller. The exchange sparked Drake’s beef with Meek Mill where he released the track “Back to Back.”

Quentin Miller has stated he was never paid for his work with Drake, despite being credited on four tracks from If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. “It was just really inconsiderate,” Miller told VladTV of the deal. “It’s like I don’t matter—maybe just ‘cause I was a writer. I don’t know. Even with [DJ] Drama and them, just throwing my whole life on the back burner, just like you know whatever to get at a n***a. “But what about me, what about me taking care of my family? The fact that I put my whole life into this shit.”

Miller says Meek’s accusations cost him big that year. “I never got a publishing check off of any of Drake’s songs,” Miller continues. “I never got a single publishing check off any songs. I had to feed my family off getting paid under the table in that situation ‘cause Tricky and them wouldn’t let me go. I didn’t get out of that deal ‘til 2019—I signed in 2011.”