After releasing a visual album called “Endless” on Aug. 19, Frank Ocean’s highly-anticipated album, “Blonde,” finally released on Aug. 20. Along with the album came a surprise verse from Andre 3000 on the song “Solo (Reprise).”
Getting a verse from Andre 3000 is a rare feat as the rapper has only appeared on eight songs since 2012 but it’s not just Andre 3000’s guest appearance that caught listeners by surprise, it’s what the Atlanta rapper had to say.
On the song, Andre 3000 raps, “I am no rookie but feel like a kid / Lookin’ at the other kids / With astonishment while I’m on punishment, watchin’ the summer come close to an end / After 20 years in / I’m so naive I was under the impression that everyone wrote they own verses / It’s comin’ back different and yea that s--- hurts me / I’m hummin’ and whistlin’ to those not deserving / I’m stumbled and lived every word, was I working just way too hard?”
While Drake and Andre 3000 have previously worked together on the 2011 song “The Real Her,” it's Andre’s line about people writing their own verses that has many on the internet wondering if Andre 3000 was dissing Drizzy.
While Andre 3000 didn’t specifically mention Drake in the song, the recent allegations about Drake using a ghostwriter make it seem like Andre 3000 had Drake in mind when creating his verse. Drake was first accused by Meek Mill for using a ghostwriter. The “Dreams Worth More Than Money” rapper took to Twitter in July 2015 and exposed Drake, tweeting, “[Drake] don’t write his own raps!”
Drake eventually responded to the claims in a 2015 interview with Fader, calling music “a collaborative process.” “I need, sometimes, individuals to spark an idea so that I can take off running," Drake said. "Music at times can be a collaborative process, you know? Who came up with this, who came up with that – for me, it’s like, I know that it takes me to execute every single thing that I’ve done up until this point. And I’m not ashamed.”