Quentin Miller has broken his silence on the week-long controversy surrounding the extent of his writing contributions to Drake’s IYRTITL and verse on Meek Mill’s “R.I.C.O.” Below is Miller’s statement unedited.
Winter 2014… I was just another guy working a job he hated with a passion for music…. And somehow found myself on the phone with One of my idols..
i told him i worked in a bakery and his exact words were “Fuck that, your destined for greatness”…
Hearing that from someone that I’ve been studying since 2009, bar for bar…. Theres no way to describe that..
Most of the project was done before i came in the picture.. i remember him playing it for me for the first time thinking “Why am I here?” like.. what does he need me for??
The answer is.. Nothing…
I watched this man piece together words in front of me…
I watched him write/ replace bars 2- 3 at a time on 6pm in NY.. I witnessed him light up, go in and freestyle madonna….
I took notes from the best in the game….
I remember him Showing me the thank you notes in NY before the album dropped.. Showing me the QM, telling me they put me on the credits (Ghostwritter???) … He attached my name to something that touched the world..
When nobody would pay attention, drake saw something in me and reached out… Of all people… drizzy..
Two artist in exact opposite spaces in their career.. We came together and made something special..
I am not and never will be a “ghostwriter” for drake.. Im proud to say that we’ve collaborated .. but i could never take credit for anything other than the few songs we worked on together ..
Thats all i have to say on it.. back to this 1317 shit…
This was a good statement, but one that won’t absolve Drake from addressing this himself. The fact he’s been in hiding all week is not a good look. You’ll recall when there was the Nas ghostwriting controversy a few years back, everyone involved including Nasir himself issued direct statements refuting the allegations.
Q says he only co-wrote for the tracks he was credited for on IYRTITL. So does that mean Meek is mistaken or lying in claiming that the “R.I.C.O.” verse was penned by Miller? Or is it true and there’s another writer behind the reference track Meek allegedly heard?
At this point, the only excuse for Drake’s silence is he better be crafting the most vicious diss since “Ether” for Meek.