In the flash of an eye, Oakland rapper Kreayshawn became an overnight success earlier this year, all from one song — “Gucci Gucci.” However, someone else should be credited for its success as well … its ghostwriter, a man named Speak.
In a recent feature in L.A. Weekly, the lesser known rapper Speak revealed that he co-wrote the hit single with Kreayshawn — as well as her latest single, “Rich Whores” — but has yet to be paid for either.
The aspiring rapper (real name: Anthony Negrete) tells the paper it’s hard seeing the young female attain success from something he helped create, while he’s still a starving artist.
“That’s the weird thing,” Speak says. “Seeing someone become rich overnight and getting to do all the cool things that come with being a successful artist, knowing you had a part in that, but eating Spam for dinner.”
Speak says when he first worked with Kreayshawn, she had no knowledge of how to properly structure a song, so he sat her down and taught her how. But, was surprised, nonetheless.
“I told her to drop 16 on a song, and she was like, ‘Uh, what do you mean?’ So we sat down and hammered it out,” he revealed. “I taught her how to con-ceptualize and structure lines and put a filter on all the craziness.”
While he waits for his check from “Gucci Gucci,” Speak continues to work behind the scenes as … well, a ghostwriter. He’s reportedly working on songs with the likes of Plies and No Doubt; and also plans to drop his own mixtape, Inside Out Boy, due out November 14th.