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11 songs written by other famous artists

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Whether you’re on Team Drake or Team Meek Mill, ghostwriting has become a popular topic of discussion this week. Artists performing songs written by other people is not something new, but the spotlight recently cast on the longtime profession has many debating which method is most preferred in the industry.

To refresh: It all started with Meek calling out the “Started From the Bottom” rapper in a series of tweets, claiming he doesn’t write his own raps. While Drake has kept quiet on the topic, Atlanta artist Quentin Miller, who’s previously collaborated with Drake and has been accused of writing his rhymes, said he is “not and never will be a ‘ghostwriter’ for Drake.” Meek has since offered an olive branch in the form of a “special apology” when he was on stage with his leading lady, Nicki Minaj.

But regardless of this current dust-up, artists have been writing songs for their own peers for years. EW has compiled some recent chart-topping hits written by artists who may surprise you. Take the quiz and find out: