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10 Songs Drake Wrote For Other Artists

Drake has always been in the business of writing for himself and others. 

Drake's pen has been through some hard times. After crafting a decade of hits, speculation about his songwriting abilities returned following the release of Pusha T's critically-acclaimed project, DAYTONA.

The rapper has given a gentle reminder of his bars as of late with monster records like "God's Plan" and "Nice For What," as the songs hold the third and number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 respectively. The conversation of ghostwriting is as old as time. "Rapper's Delight," the 1979 track dubbed as the genre's first hip-hop track was partially written by Grandmaster Caz.

Like "Rapper's Delight," ghostwriting has landed the genre some classic records. JAY-Z penned Dr. Dre's standout 2001 cut, "Still D.R.E." while Max B penned Jim Jones' 2007 jam, "We Fly High (Ballin)."

While Drake has been on the opposite side of the conversation, he's crafted big hits for other artists. Check them out below.

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10. "Fall For Your Type" - Jamie Foxx

The track was intended for Drake's debut album, Thank Me Later but was later used for Foxx's fourth studio album, Best Night of My Life. Foxx reportedly fell in love with the track at the first listen and decided to re-record it. Out of all the singles released on the glitzy album, "Fall For Your Type" was a favorable standout and reached No. 1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

9. “30 Hours,” "Father Stretch My Hands" and "Facts" - Kanye West 

The two might have a strained relationship at the moment, but it's hard to deny their musical chemistry. It was known that Drake penned the tracks for Kanye West's made IRL album The Life of Pablo in 2015, but the rapper decided to let everyone know on his "Duppy Freestyle." The Toronto native is listed as a co-writer on “30 Hours" and "Facts." Ye himself gave the rapper a shout out on Twitter, thanking him for his contributions. While the former tracks were appreciated, "Father Stretch My Hands" featuring Kid Cudi has the most fanfare. The one thing that remains uncertain is this–who came up with the bleached a**hole lyric?

8. "0 to 100/ The Catch Up" (Meant for Puff Daddy) 

Ah, what could've been. The track that earned Drake two Grammys for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song in 2015 was intended for Diddy. The story is a simple yet complicated one. Boi-1da, a frequent collaborator of Drake, was reportedly flown to Miami by Diddy to work on music. The beat for "0 to 100" was created and that's where the story gets blurry. Sources claim Diddy either passed on the track or gave it to Drake to flip, but Drizzy decided to keep it for himself.

Diddy clarified pieces of the story with The Breakfast Club after their alleged brawl at a Miami nightclub. "It was the beat, and it was just a misunderstanding," Puff said. "I sent him the song for him to ghostwrite for me. Sometimes you can be in a room with someone who has a better idea than you, and you’ve got to be open to that. I’ve never apologized for any of that. I want the best record, if someone can go out there and write a better record than me, I’m the one that has to go out there and pull it off."

7. "I'm Single" - Lil Wayne 

The gift that is No Ceilings birthed the first blend of the track originally named "Single." A remix for the song featuring Drake was made for Wayne's I Am Not A Human Being but instead, the song was repackaged as "I'm Single." Noah "40" Shebib shared how the song came to be in 2017 with ROLI founder Roland Lamb. As 40 says, the song was actually created by Drake and given to Wayne, who decided to take over the entire track.

Critics have speculated Drake penned many songs for Wayne during his early years, but the rapper refuted those claims in 2009. “You know, we’re all great artists, great minds, and we all just contribute to each other; there’s been times when Wayne has helped me out, and I’m sure, I hope, I’ve influenced him to do or say things on tracks," he told Complex. "We help each other out, that’s part of being two artists who respect each others’ creativity.”

6. "R.I.P." - Rita Ora feat. Tinie Tempah 

Before Rita Ora dominated the dance floor with cheeky tunes, she was pushed as a pop-R&B star by her former label, Roc Nation. "R.I.P." was the outcome, which featured a mix of samples like Drake's "I'm Ready For You" and the Chase & Status remix of Nneka's "Heartbreak." "I'm Ready For You" was penned for Rihanna, but she passed on the single before it was given to Rita.

5. "Signs" - Louis Vuitton Spring 2018 Menswear Show

Well, this one is pretty direct. Shortly before the Louis Vuitton Spring 2018 menswear show kicked off in June 2017, Drake announced how he penned "Signs" specifically for the show. The flowery vibe stayed true to the threads in the collection. Designer Kim Jones said the song came as a surprise since he sent over photos from the collection to get the rapper's opinion.

“Well, I sent a few pictures [from the collection] to Drake because he’s a big fan and then he wrote a song, which is going to be the music," he shared with Vogue. "Which is kind of amazing! It’s really, really good—I think he’s probably releasing it as a single. Because he loved it too. It’s so nice that Drake wrote a song."

It wasn't the only song featured from the OVO camp. Majid Jordan's "Gave Your Love Away" opened the show.

4.  "Mine" - Beyonce

Drake's love for R&B led him to work with Queen Bey on her self-titled 2013 album. "Mine" was penned by the two and went on to be a clear standout on the project. The fellas of Majid Jordan also have songwriting credits on the track with their essence flowing over the beat produced by 40.

3. Alicia Keys - "Un-thinkable (I’m Ready)"

Keys' 2010 single meant a lot of things to a lot of people. As fans speculated that the song was written about her romance with her now-husband Swizz Beatz, Drake revealed that it was also inspired by Nicki Minaj. "It is [about Minaj], I'm not gonna lie," Drake told BET. "The concept came from a conversation that we had, or conversations we have. I wrote it based off two things: Number one, based off that, and then two, based off Alicia and Swizz and their situation, and it just seemed fitting. It was like the perfect concept."

The single, plus the remix with Drizzy, also made for a perfect R&B jam.

2. Possibly Unusable Songs For Kanye West

After the release of "Duppy Freestyle," fans also got to hear Drake's hot and cold friendship with Kanye West. The two have shared a complicated relationship through the years with Kanye sharing how the two planned to release a joint album. While breaking down Drake and Pusha T's beef, Hot 97's Ebro shared how Drake went to Wyoming to help Kanye pen tracks for his upcoming album.

Ebro claims Drake left Wyoming looking to record his own songs after "they didn't set out what they wanted to accomplish together." This includes a verse from Kanye removed from Drake's "Nice For What." This Friday (June 1) is the release date for West's album, so it's up in the air if we'll hear any of their collaborative work.

1. Unusable Songs For Dr. Dre

Following the release of John Seabrook’s book, The Song Machine: Inside The Hit Factory in 2016, it was speculated that a 19-year-old Drake and 40 attended a strenuous songwriting camp for Death Row Records. It was later confirmed through DJ Booth that the guys were hired as songwriters for Dr. Dre and his label Aftermath Entertainment.

Because Drizzy's head wasn't in the game, the rapper told Seabrook no songs came out of the opportunity. “It was some of the most strenuous militant s**t I’ve ever done," he said. "But no useable songs came out of it. When I think of how he worked us, it’s no wonder he didn’t get anything out of it. It was just writers in a room churning out product all day long.”

He also shared a piece of the story with Zane Lowe during the release of Views in 2016.

READ: 11 Rappers Accused Of Using Ghostwriters

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Bill Withers' Greatest Hits: Remixed, Sampled And Covered

The recent loss of legends in jazz, soul and classical music have saddened the music industry and reminded us of their touching gifts to music. The passing of Manu Dibango, Krzysztof Penderecki, Ellis Marsalis Jr., Bucky Pizzarelli and Alan Merrill brought endless tributes from peers and fans with the recent loss of soul singer-songwriter Bill Withers doing the same.

With a mirage of hits, the iconic songwriter left his mark on music with the release of his debut album Just As I Am in 1971. "Ain't No Sunshine" put a spotlight on his songwriting while 1977's "Lovely Day" reminded the industry of his signature vocals. Withers released eight studio albums, one live album and garnered three Grammys for his powerful songs that gave hope and love to fans to this day.

Hip-hop and R&B have gained the most from Withers as his music went on to inspire records like "No Diggity" by BLACKStreet, "Roses" by Kanye West and other songs from UGK, Dr. Dre, Jill Scott and more.

Take a look at some of Withers' finest tunes covered, remixed and sampled below.

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8. “Lovely Day” | Menagerie (1977)

Sampled On: T.W.D.Y., “Player’s Holiday” | Derty Werk (1999) LunchMoneyLewis - “It's Gonna Be A Lovely Day” feat. Aminè | Pets 2 Soundtrack (2019) Swizz Beatz - “Take A Picture” |One Man Band (2007)

Standout: T.W.D.Y., “Player’s Holiday” | Derty Werk (1999)

Short for "The Whole Damn Yay," the group used Withers' sample while throwing a splash of The Bay's laid back flavor. With cameos from future legends like E-40 and Ray Luv, the single already embodied the best of R&B and hip-hop with guest verses from Too Short, Mac Mall and Otis & Shug. The mimosas and yacht are also a great touch.

Covered By: Jill Scott, The Original Jill Scott from the Vault Vol. 1 (2011) Alt-J, This Is All Yours (2014) Robert Glasper Experiment, Black Radio 2 (2013) Kirk Franklin, The Nu Nation Project (1998)

Standout: Kirk Franklin, The Nu Nation Project (1998)

Who was going to beat a chorus singing to the lordt? Franklin's take on the classic gives us stirring gospel and appreciation for Withers and God. There are plenty of covers that have lifted the same vocals as Withers, but the ones listed have put their unique spin on the track.

7. “Ain't No Sunshine” | Just As I Am (1971)

Sampled On: DMX - “No Sunshine” | Exit Wounds Soundtrack (2001) Lil B - “Up And Down” | Based Jam (2012) 2Pac- "Soulja's Story" |  2Pacalypse Now (1991)

Standout: DMX - “No Sunshine” | Exit Wounds Soundtrack (2001)

"No Sunshine" served as the only single from DMX's film alongside Steven Seagal, which gave everyone the perfect backdrop to the movie and X's intricate storytelling. Both the original and flipped version points out the dark elements of our lives. Withers penned the song after watching the film 1962 movie Days of Wine and Roses, he pondered over the toxicity in his life. "Sometimes you miss things that weren't particularly good for you," he said in 2004 to SongFacts. "It's just something that crossed my mind from watching that movie, and probably something else that happened in my life that I'm not aware of."

Covered By: Soul For Real | Candy Rain (1994) Michael Jackson | Got to Be There (1972) The Boris Gardiner Happening | Is What's Happening (1973) The Temptations | Solid Rock (1972)

Standout: Michael Jackson | Got to Be There (1972)

At 14, the future King of Pop gave a riveting cover of Withers' hit for his debut album, Got To Be There. From his vocal control throughout the track to the instrumentation, his cover takes the song to another level of heartbreak.

6. "Grandma's Hands” | Just As I Am (1971)

Sampled On: BLACKstreet - “No Diggity” feat. Dr. Dre and Queen Pen | Another Level (1996) Big K.R.I.T. - “I Gotta Stay” | K.R.I.T. Wuz Here (2010) Brother Ali - “Waheedah's Hands” | Champion (2004)

Standout: BLACKstreet - “No Diggity” feat. Dr. Dre and Queen Pen | Another Level (1996)

R&B heads are well aware of BLACKstreet's neverending ballads and the genius of Teddy Riley. But the pivot of their sound for their sophomore album Another Level was due to Withers and the William “Stylez” Stewart. Speaking to Fact Mag in 2017, the creator of New Jack Swing gave credit to Stylez for bringing him the sample of "Grandma's Hands."

“If he hadn’t played that sample for me, there would never be a ‘No Diggity’ And if he didn’t write it according to the melody I gave him so it would sound that way because I wanted it to sound funky,” he said. “I wanted it to be appealing to everyone, but mostly to women. I wanted every woman to feel like they were the ‘No Diggity’ girl and that song was about them and it came across. And now, still, today, that song plays and people are on that dancefloor.”

Covered By: Gil Scott-Heron, Reflections (1981) Merry Clayton, Merry Clayton (1971) Barbra Streisand, Butterfly (1974)

Standout: Gil Scott-Heron, Reflections (1981)

Gil Scott-Heron's version of the soul classic reminded us of his versatile talents. From spoken word to his vocal abilities, the Godfather of rap music always came through with his own sound and style. Reflections was one of four albums the late artist dropped in the 80s with critics looking to it as one of his finest projects. Other cuts from the album included "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)" and "B Love."

5. "Use Me" | Still Bill (1972)

Sampled On: Kendrick Lamar - “Sing About Me, I'm Dying Of Thirst"  | Good kid, Maad City (2012) J. Cole- "Dollar And A Dream II" | The Warm-Up (2009) Leela James - “So Good" | Fall For You (2014) UGK - "Use Me Up" | The Southern Way (1992)

Standout: Kendrick Lamar - “Sing About Me, I'm Dying Of Thirst"  | Good kid, Maad City (2012)

Lamar's take on "Use Me" blended right into the themes of his debut album, Good kid, Maad City allowing the artist to create another world on the project. To make things even better, Lamar also sampled Al Green's "I'm Glad You're Mine" for the track.

Covered By: Grace Jones, Indigo Nights, Live (2008) Mick Jagger feat. Lenny Kravitz, Wandering Spirit  (2004) Issac Hayes, Dr. Dolittle Soundtrack (1998)

Standout: Mick Jagger feat. Lenny Kravitz, Wandering Spirit (2004)

On his third solo album, Jagger linked with Rick Rubin to test his creative energy, allowing him to work with Lenny Kravitz on their version of "Use Me." Colliding worlds was one thing but to hear Kravitz's vocals come in on the bridge, set the track apart from the rest.

4. “Kissing My Love” | Still Bill (1972)

Sampled On: J. Cole - “The Cut Off" featuring kiLL Edward  | KOD (2018) Dr. Dre - "Let Me Ride" featuring Snoop Dogg, RC and Jewell | The Chronic (1992) Masta Ace- "Movin On" | Take A Look Around (1990) Master P- "Bastard Child" | The Ghettos Tryin To Kill Me! | 1994

Standout: Dr. Dre - "Let Me Ride" featuring Snoop Dogg, RC and Jewell | The Chronic (1992)

"Kissing My Love" is one of most sampled from Withers catalog, thanks to its feverish drums. It's also why it fits into Dr. Dre's single and the G-funk era.

3. Grover Washington's “Just The Two of Us” featuring Bill Withers | Winelight (1981)

Sampled/Covered On:  Will Smith - “Just The Two of Us” | Big Willie Style (1997) Eminem- "Just The Two of Us" | Slim Shady EP (1997) Keri Hilson- "Pretty Girl Rock" | No Boys Allowed (2010)

Standout: Will Smith - “Just The Two of Us” | Big Willie Style (1997)

Touching and soulful, Smith's dedication to his eldest son Trey is just too cute for words.

2. “Let It Be” | Just As I Am  (1967)

The Original: The Beatles - “Let It Be” | Let It Be (1968)

"Let It Be" is a pretty special record. Aretha Franklin recorded a version a year before the release of The Beatles' version and Withers gave his take on the record in the 70s. Slightly faster, his upbeat take on "Let It Be" just hits different.

1. “Rosie” | Menagerie Re-Issue (1977)

Sampled On: Kanye West - “Roses” |  Late Registration (2005)

As the somber part of Late Registration, "Roses" brings us into Kanye's world where he contemplates the mortality of a loved one. It's a sentimental take on the sample and one of the artist's most underrated songs. It's also a hidden gem for Withers as it isn't featured on Menagerie's LP. It was added as a bonus track on

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Remain Calm: 5 Ways To Curve Negative Effects Of Coronavirus Isolation

Self-isolation during the coronavirus outbreak seems to be best practice in keeping our families and peers safe but it's also a shift in our normal social behavior. As millions of families around the country get adjusted to self-isolation, the state of our mental health and how our bodies react to the practice are changing by the day, especially lower-income and marginalized groups.

Speaking with Wired, John Vincent, a clinical psychologist at the University of Houston, shared how apathetic behavior can rise to the forefront, making space for anxiety and depression.

“People start getting lethargic when they don’t have positive inputs into their small worlds,” Vincent says. “We can expect depression to kick in, and depression and anxiety are kissing cousins.”

But the biggest reason behind the uneasiness isn't the self-isolation but just how long it will last. Details of COVID-19 are changing by the day with the most cases now coming out of New York. Yet, there's still little to no information on what happens next.

“Open, transparent, consistent communication is the most important thing governments and organizations can do: Make sure people understand why they are being quarantined first and foremost, how long it is expected to last,” Samantha Brooks of King’s College London told the outlet. “A huge factor in the negative psychological impact seems to be confusion about what's going on, not having clear guidelines, or getting different messages from different organizations.”

Uncertainty hitting low income and marginalized groups is also a problem within itself. As virtual parties and celebrities opening up on social media happen on a daily, there are people who might not access fun distractions on the web.

“Some people have posited technology as a means of connecting people, but lower-income groups might not even have FaceTime or Skype or minutes on their phone,” Thomas Cudjoe, a geriatrician researching the intersection of social connections and aging at Johns Hopkins University says. “People take that for granted, using their devices can be a strain on people’s incomes.”

To make self-isolation less than a bore or a daunting task, experts suggest creating a schedule to dictate control in your home.

1. Work It Out

Gyms are closed, but your home can be transformed into a personal training center. Use heavy bags for weights and if you can, create a playlist of workouts on YouTube. For those who have memberships for Blink or Peloton, the platforms have streamed their workouts on apps.

2. Mindful Meditation

Meditation isn't about dumping your thoughts, it's about staying aware and mindful. AQUA has developed online that leverages the power of "Mindful Meditation and Mobility Movements" for flexibility and fluidity in the body. Classes are free of charge but feel free to donate.

3. Take It Back To High School

Give your friends a call or indulge in a FaceTime party. Feel free to use the Wifi in your home to reduce the amount of data used on your phone. Lala Anthony held a too-cute FT birthday party for writer Kiyonna Anthony with a 70s theme. You can also find creative ways to hop on the phone with friends and family instead of constantly chatting about 'rona.

 

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4. Start A Journal

Journals just aren't for kids. The practice not only gives you something to do, but it fuels creativity and a new level of self-awareness. Former First Lady Michelle Obama recently developed Becoming: A Guided Journal for Discovering Your Voice, with over 150 inspiring questions and quotes that connect to key themes in her memoir. The journal will also help bring readers to terms with the importance of family and personal reflections as well as the goals they'd like to make a reality.

5. Have a Dance Party or Enjoy Lo-Fi Beats To Quarantine To

If you don't have data or battery power to watch a virtual DJ party, make your own. If you have to pull out your record player, do it! You can also hop on your favorite streaming service and create a playlist all your own.

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From Teen Sensation To Vocal Bible: Brandy's 15 Best Songs

September 27, 2019 marked the 25th anniversary of the multiplatinum self-titled debut album by one of R&B’s greatest voices, Brandy Rayana Norwood, or simply Brandy. She was already well on her way to stardom prior to her debut as a background vocalist for Immature and one of the stars of the short-lived ABC series, Thea. However, it was the album Brandy that set her on the path to tremendous success.

Since officially bursting onto the scene in 1994 sporting her well-known braided crown of glory, she has been a force to be reckoned with. She was handpicked by her idol, the late Whitney Houston, to portray the role of the first Black Cinderella in the 1997 film Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella. Her show Moesha was one of the longest-running black sitcoms. Brandy was also a CoverGirl in 1999 and became a friend of Barbie that same year when Mattel released the Brandy Doll. In music, she’s released six studio albums, sold more than 40 million records worldwide, headlined three world tours, and won more than 30 awards including seven Billboard Music Awards, a Grammy and the Soul Train Lady of Soul Award. Brandy deserves her flowers.

Let’s check out the top 15 songs that helped solidify Brandy as your favorite singer’s favorite singer (just ask Solange) and earned her the title of the “Vocal Bible.”

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