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18th Jul

Hit Songs That Weren't Written by Who You Think


Nas Will Smith

We all know that some big musical artists don’t write their own songs. But sometimes the lyrics sound so personal and specific you think they had to come from the singer.  Often the real author of the song is either an unknown artist or someone famous for a totally different musical style. For instance…

Puff Daddy didn’t write his famous song “I’ll Be Missing You” to Notorious B.I.G. The lyrics of Sean “Puffy” Combs’s rap sound like they’re from personal memory. However, they were actually penned by an unknown rapper Todd Gaither, whose stage name is “Sauce Money”. Not only was it not written by Puff Daddy, but it wasn’t written with Notorious B.I.G. in mind. Gaither’s mother had just passed away and he thought of her while writing it.

“Getting’ Jiggy Wit It” is a classic 90’song and sure to bring a smile on anyone old enough to remember it’s face. Silly lines and an even sillier music video kept Will Smith in the public eye, albeit for being pretty corny. What’s surprising to most people is that Will Smith didn’t write the song alone- rapper Nas penned many of the lyrics. Nas is one of the most respected, hard core rappers of our era. He brought back New York style rapping to America and has constantly been censored and protested against for his edgy lyrics. It’s no wonder most people don’t guess him as the co-writer of “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It’!

There are many more stories just like this. Busta Rhymes and Cee-Lo Green helped write a song for the Pussycat Dolls. Prince has written many songs performed by others. Can you think of anymore? Comment below!

Article by Chelsey Fox.

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