On yesterday's 'Sway in the Morning', Skeme (real name Lonnie Kimble) was questioned by the host about claims that he'd ghostwritten Iggy's biggest hit and breakout track, "Fancy".
The host begins, "I tell you what I heard... There's a song that became popular in 2014, one of the most popular songs on radio, that I heard you penned... Female artist, with a female singing in the hook, who's from overseas... Does it rhyme with Wiggy?" Before coming straight out with, "Yo, I heard you wrote Fancy."
To which Skeme replied, "Yeah, we had something to do with it" and went on to breakdown which parts of "Fancy" he did and did not write.
He took to Twitter today to deny it.
— Skeme (@Skeme) March 25, 2015
The idea that Iggy Azalea may have a team of ghost writers penning her raps is nothing new and speculation has been increasing for a number of months now, following a general turn in public opinion that seems to have branded Iggy inauthentic. Whilst there's no doubt that there may be truth to all this rumor, Skeme's claims seem suspicious.
Firstly, it's a widely known fact that almost all ghost writers sign an NDA (non-disclosure agreement) upon collecting a cheque for their lyrics. An NDA legally prohibits the signed from discussing what's contained in the NDA and can lead to serious consequences - in this case, most likely the return of any cash that Skeme picked up from his undercover writing job.
Secondly, regardless of whether or not Skeme signed an NDA or whether Team Iggy will enforce the terms of any contract they exacted, if you genuinely are a ghost writer, taking responsibility for your side projects is a pretty dumb thing to do, largely because it means you're extremely unlikely to ever pick up a ghost writing gig again.
On the other hand, if you've never ghostwritten and have no intention of starting, telling people you wrote one of the biggest hits of last year might not be the worst idea in the world. Frankly, Skeme, who has yet to be overtly involved in any track which has charted on the Hot 100, could use the publicity.
Check out the video here and let us know what you think:
The idea that Iggy Azalea uses a ghost writer is likely enough but the idea that it's this guy? Not convincing.