But the general shape of the future is clear, and I for one welcome our new ghost overlords. People are always trying to re-make literature or otherwise save it from itself, constantly bemoaning the end of history, that we've been stuck in the same semantic tumble-dryer for 40 years. Well, the easiest way to kickstart a brash new age would simply be to redefine it as a director's medium where the watchful aesthetic eye of a coppola or a scorsese is the important thing, not whichever well-paid, creatively-dead ms word monkey flung the script. I want to live in a world where writing-as-managerialism moves rapidly up the food chain. Where jm coetzee is the Andy warhol of bleak social commentary on latter-day south Africa, only emerging from his cokey party life to sprinkle a little bit of fairy dust over the final copy and throwing in a few additional references to disposing of the. Take a mooch like jonathan Franzen a big, flubby jellyfish of pain; a man so terminally sad internet and depressively committed to his art that he spent large patches of writing Freedom in a darkened room, wearing earmuffs, attempting to cut out any sort of stimulation. When really he should be out there having fun, telling Oprah about all the orgasms he's been having since he started reiki. He needs someone who can do the heavy lifting for him, then just pass on a few notes from his hotel room. Family, kinda middle American.
And someone needs to be out there locked in a small room fact-shitting into a word processor about the tribal regions of West pakistan. And it's quite obvious to see how the delineation-of-roles would go within that setup. Clancy soon found he wasn't alone in his determination to do for novels what Duchamp did for having a piss. Arthur c clarke saw out his twilight years with just one. Clive cussler quite openly dabbles. Even Jeffrey archer's long been rumoured to have teams of eager young things who put all of his latter stuff together, while reviews he just comes in every now and then and tells them to make it more wooden. Though he has always denied this. And, of course, there's the counterfactual that if he didn't physically write, what would he actually do with his days, given that he's now banned or shunned by most of British public life?
He's no slouch, Clancy. The guy who famously predicted 9/11 seems to have also predicted about ten years ago that the public would soon cease to give a damn about who actually wrote what they were reading. That, if you stare at it long enough, the question of authorship would dissolve like a puddle on a hot day and, in the crater, all you'd find would be brand, brand, brand. Telescopic night-sights, crazy wars against Japan Clancy is a brand you can know and love. Smith is a brand, too: Africa, people shagging, someone's killed a gemsbok, etc., etc. What's to stop them simply extending their umbrellas? Via his probing, intel mind, Clancy seems to have worked out that writing is a solitary, difficult activity one that studies consistently show involves being alone and silent in a room for hundreds of hours until your eyes bleed and you want to stab yourself. In the modern media age, no one can do that while popping up as a talking head on a series of neocon news channels and generally maintaining the sort of media profile that comes from being Tom Clancy. Someone needs to be out there jawing with Bill o'reilly about why guantanamo is for wimps.
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So he's signed a 15 million contract to produce another six books. . Obviously that sounds like a lot of work, but only if it's you who is required to produce the books. Happily for Wilbur, it isn't it's other people. He is the latest literary big name to "go ghost thus freeing up more time for him to do what he does best: his make 39-year-old wife. From now on, wilbur Smith's role in Wilbur Smith novels will be to "establish plots "give guidance" and pass "character sketches" to his chosen ghost-writers. Characters who, for Wilb, will probably all just conform to the four basic types of human there are in the world anyway: "man, tall, brooding "man, short, brooding "woman, fruity and "woman, hard bitch but turns out fruity".
It'll make it easier on his ghost-writers at least, and then he can put down the phone and get back to the tajikistani gal fruity, who he married five months after the death of wife number three. Soon everyone will be happy. Well, sports perhaps not his previous publishers pan McMillan, who decided that getting someone else to write the books for you was a good way to destroy their whole industry but certainly his new publishers HarperCollins, who have long since come to the conclusion that people. Tom Clancy kicked it all off. The composer of breeze-blocks in which men in navy suits whisper the entire wikipedia entry for The rand corporation to each other in Istanbul cafes has been chopping himself up and packaging his talents off to ever-finer degrees for the past decade. He's gone from giving brief, inner-page acknowledgements to the ghosts who've turned his neocon ideologuing into short sentences describing makes of handguns into giving them proper co-billing. Although the words "tom clancy" are generally 128pt bold and the words "with Grant Blackwood" are often 8pt italics, matte finish.
Artist: Bugs Bunny song: Buggin from Space jam (1996) Ghostwriter: jay z space jam soundtrack fodder, courtesy of reasonable doubt -era jay-z. Sample jiggaism: like trumps wife, up to my ears in carats/Not even the botha can fade the rabbit. Jadakiss Song: Got It All (2000) Ghostwriter: Cassidy Plenty of greenhorn MCs use ghostwriting as an apprenticeship prior to debuting as a solo artist proper kendrick and Freddie gibbs have been busy, and Problem has been open about the advantages such a route can bring. Case in point: three years before cassidy was strong-arming folk into his Hotel, he was reportedly doing behind-the-scenes work on eves steel-drum enhanced 2000 single got It All. Artist: Diddy song: The future (2006) Ghostwriter: Pharoahe monch Somebody needs to call the competition committee diddys responsible for a good 40 of the ghostwriting economy.
Its an old joke, and its something of an unfair too: the bad boy ceo is the most brazenly open about his lyric-farming, which is certainly preferable to the subterfuge no doubt going on with much more supposedly credible artists. Still, diddy loves a ghostwriter: Biggie, skillz, royce da 59, fabolous and scores more have helped him out to some degree or other. Weve plumped for the Pharoahe monch-penned The future, if only because the flow is so transparently monchs, its practically a karaoke job. Photo by, ron Hogan, wilbur Smith he isn't actually dead yet. The Oscar niemeyer of novels about people being hard in the African bush is still around and still doing his thing. Smith is the rugged author of rugged novels with titles like. A sparrow Falls, a falcon Flies, The sound of Thunder, Where the lion feeds, Where the Rhino gets the best Mobile Phone reception and, how the kudu lost 20 pounds in 16 days and How you can too, who over the past 40 years has. Now, though, with a little help, Smith has decided that, at age 79, it's probably time to give himself a rest.
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Dre song: Nuthin but a g thang (1992) Ghostwriter: The. The 1989 album no one can do it Better is frequently credited as the archetype for the gangsta writing rap sound that would go on to ambush the charts, but the veteran rappers involvement in g-funk extends further than mere influence. After losing his voice in a car accident, the dallas rapper kept his hand in with writing jobs for. W.A., Snoop Dogg small and. His verses appear all over 1992s The Chronic, but his most brazen work is on the albums calling card Nuthin But hang, where he personally penned the line like my nigga. O.C./ no one can do it better. Ancillary tidbit: Ice cube wrote the bulk of Straight Outta compton. Artist: Salt-n-Pepa song: Chick On The side (1986) Ghostwriter: kool g rap Theres a long and fascinating lineage of tough-guy rappers using ghostwriting gigs as an opportunity for gender-bending see biggies verses on queen Bitch, or Big Daddy kanes writing for Roxanne Shanté. The most incongruous example of gender chicanery is arguably salt -n-Pepas 1986 track Chick On The side a warrior queen takedown of a cheating scoundrel, in fact penned by thug rapper and sometime chauvinist kool g rap.
(1999 ghostwriter: jay z, dres habitual use of ghostwriters has never really qualified as a secret, and the list is long: Snoop Dogg, Eminem, royce da 59, rakim, Knoc-Turnal and Kendrick lamar have all done time as his backroom boys. Despite that, more listeners than not will probably still be surprised to learn that 2001 standout Still. Was the work of a then-ascendent jay-z. Hov, incidentally, used to have some repute as ghostwriter, putting pen to paper for man (Memphis Bleek woman (Foxy Brown) and beast (more on that later). Artist: Lil Kim feat. Lil cease song: Crush On you (1997) Ghostwriter: Camron Its well-known that Biggie wrote bars for Lil Kim, but its probably more of a surprise that Dipset duke camron was doing the heavy-lifting on 1997 smash Crush On you, writing Lil ceases banner verse. Over to camron, who is surprisingly frank on a subject that not many rappers are comfy nattering candidly about: person What happened was, Untertainment ceo lance Un rivera gave mase 30,000 to write five songs for Lil cease at that time and Mase gave me 5,000. The original Crush on you is all Lil cease, lil Kim isnt even on the record.
of the verses apparently go way back to gzas teenage battle rhyming days something Meth says the latter apparently wasnt afraid to bring up when required : I remember gza and odb got in an argument one night and gza was like, nigga, most. Artist: beastie boys, song: Chunks of, licensed to Ill, specifically pauls revere (1986 ghostwriter: Run-D. Depending on who you believe, run-D. Wrote either segments or a sizeable chunk of The beasties tubthumping 1986 debut. Whats beyond dispute is that Rick rubin parachuted the pair in to assist on the record, with fantastical how-we-formed jam paul revere among the tracks to feature writing from the pair. It wasnt the only bit of lyric-swapping going on the rubin axis: Run-D. Also commissioned ll cool J to pen verses for them. Dre, song: Still.
O.C to, er, Whats up doc?, these are 10 tracks you probably know and the 10 people you probably didnt know wrote them. Artist: Will Smith, song: Gettin Jiggy wit It (1998 ghostwriter: Nas. Nas found himself embroiled in a ghostwriting controversy back in 2012, when the rapper was accused of co-opting jay electronica and dead Prezs n to write verses for his. Whatever the extent of their involvement, the queens rapper has certainly done his fair share of covert scribbling, working for The firm partner Foxy Brown and, like every rapper and their pitbull, grinding for Diddy too. Weirdest of all was his brief late 1990s job as Will Smiths go-to writer, penning the enduring/regrettable gettin Jiggy wit. Nas was also behind Big Willies verses on miami which, frankly, still bumps. Artist: Ol Dirty bastard, song: Assorted tracks from, return to the 36 Chambers (1995). Ghostwriter: rza, gza, if theres any proof in the old adage its how you tell em, its worth turning to odbs inimitable 1995 debut.
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Every few years, hip-hop gets itself into a tizzy over ghostwriters. The background chatter of who-wrote-what is always there, with certain triggers from skillz redacted Ghostwriter to that Nas kerfuffle a while back occasionally tossing fuel on the fire. Whats clear, though, is that ghostwriting is as old as the hills, and about as common as its ever been (side note: as any booze-lubricated industry type will tell you, dont think it doesnt go on with underground dance producers, either). Unlike pop and r b, where. Nash writing credit will help rather using than hinder the marketing push, rap tends to take a dim view of hidden writers. The lines are often blurred, too plenty of rappers happily admit flinging ideas into the mix in the studio, but will stop short of ratting out their employer. A sense of omertà hangs around the issue, which makes it all the more surprising when you find out your favourite rapper wrote that dismal novelty rap from insert faded celebrity here. In tribute to the silent and the shadow-cloaked, weve assembled some of the more surprising and unexpected ghost-writing gigs of the last 30 years.