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Justin Bieber on Kanye West: “He’s Not Really an Asshole”

Kanye West is known for having the type of personality that may rub some people the wrong way. Justin Bieber, on the other hand, thinks very highly of the Louis Vuitton Don. While chopping it up with XXL EIC Vanessa Satten during an interview for our July/August 2011 issue, the Biebs had nothing but compliments for Mr. West.

“I got to be in the studio with him and work with him and see how he works and talk to him—and talk to him as a friend, and not like someone [in] business,” Bieber said. “He’s not really an asshole like everyone makes him out to be. I mean, he can, he can do bad things, but he’s really generally a good guy.”

“He can make bad decisions, you know, as well as everyone can,” he added, “but generally I think he is a good guy.”

Bieber was the first person that Kanye followed once he joined Twitter last July. The two went on to form a relationship over the social networking site and eventually recorded a song together, a remix to the pop singer’s track, “Runaway Love,” along with a cameo from Wu-Tang Clan rapper Raekwon over the group’s classic track, “Ain’t Nothin’ Ta Fuck Wit.”

XXL’s full interview with Justin Bieber appears in our July/August 2011 issue, which is currently on stands. Check later today for an excerpt from the story. —XXL Staff

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