What a week for rap beefs. Tensions between Ghostface Killah and Action Bronson finally erupted to a waged war, Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift had it out on Twitter over the VMAs and OG Maco and Boi1da had a few aggressive words for the other. But nothing has rustled the feathers of the rap world more than the blockbuster beef between peers and long-time collaborators Meek Mill and Drake when during the early hours of Wednesday morning, the Philly rapper took to Twitter to announce that the 6ix God doesn't write his own raps - including his verse on 'R.I.C.O' which made it to Meek's recent album Dreams Worth More Than Money.

Meek later continued, prodding the fire by tweeting the name Quentin Miller, an Atlanta-based artist who's credited as a writer on five of seventeen songs on Drake's album-that-was-really-a-mixtape, If You're Reading This It's Too Late and 130K retweets, countless blog posts and heated debates later, the allegation that Quentin is in fact Drake's ghostwriter has divided the rap world. Does Drake really have a ghostwriter? Is Quentin responsible for Drake's success? Is The Boy a fraud?

Yet to publicly respond to Meek Mill's accusations, besides a screenshot taken from an Instagram DM conversation with battle rap legend Hitman Holla where he stated "I signed up for greatness, this comes with it," along with a few prayer-hand emojis, it's been those that work closest to Drake who have stepped up to his defence.

"Don't even question my brother's pen," Drake's producer and friend Noah '40' Shebib stated last night, in a series of tweets.

The rumours of Drake's ghostwriting assistance are not new but the documented history of Drake's songwriting accomplishments are not scarce either. Earlier last year, it was noted that Canadian singer Shi Wisdom was allegedly suing Drake for not getting paid for the work she did as a ghostwriter, (claims she has since denied,) although the two did work together writing the Rita Ora hit 'R.I.P.' But Drake has also been responsible for writing for other artists, with writing credits alongside Alicia Keys, Justin Bieber, Justin Timberlake and Beyonce and it's also speculated that Drake was a ghostwriter for his mentor Lil Wayne before he even became a successful rapper in his own right. The man has delivered hits, for himself and others.

Whether you agree with the fact that an artist uses other writers to help pen their music or not, one thing is certain - a credited writer is not a ghostwriter but rather a collaboration. So how can Quentin Miller be a ghostwriter if his additions have been publicly documented? From country music to rock to pop and yes, even rap - multiple writers and producers are often credited on one song just for making minor changes to lyrics or percussion. So, to question whether or not Drake's songwriting scandal is even scandalous at all, we should probably question what creative integrity in rap writing means in 2015.

In a lengthy post yesterday, legendary New York DJ Funkmaster Flex took to Instagram to state that if the rumours are true, Drake cannot be considered with the rap greats. Legitimacy and lyricism has always been held on a pedestal in hip-hop culture but as the genre began to alter and spiral into the mainstream, it mutated, barring pop-like tendencies, attention and the pressures associated with that. Rap principles changed with its growing fanbase and the greats are just as guilty as joining the domain of smoke and mirrors. Jay Z has written for Dr. Dre, Kanye West uses an entire team of writers and artists like Kendrick Lamar and Freddie Gibbs have even formally admitted to being ghostwriters for other rappers in the game. So where does authenticity lay now?

Whether hip-hop purists or Funkmaster Flex like it or not, times have changed and hip-hop has evolved. Rap music is pop music too, and that entails enlisting help from the same industry engine to ensure expectations for the pop roll-out are met. The hit-machine has many parts.

Although one of the best rappers out, rap does not own Drake. He isn't leveled on the same platform as Meek, a gritty street rapper who came from the bottom, whose entire identity is based around authenticity and hood principles. Drake is a genre-bending artist, a pop star and a worldwide phenomenon, which means the same rap rules don't necessarily apply. Recently, Drizzy became the first rapper to top Billboard's Artist 100 ranking, shattering the Beatles Top 100 record and received Grammy noms off some Soundcloud loosies. Those accolades can't be questioned.

So whatever the case, whether you're #TeamDrake, #TeamMeek or Team #WuTangForever, Drake will probably still come out of this on top, because with his upcoming album Views From The Six dropping this year, Meek has just fuelled the hype surrounding it. Because there's no doubt that we'll be listening, album credits or not.