Justin Bieber was interested in doing the cypher at this year’s BET Hip Hop Awards but DJ Premier shut him down.
During his Live From the HQ radio show on Sirius/XM Premier had this to say on the matter, “Justin Bieber even asked if he could do the cypher, and everybody was worried that that might mess up the integrity of BET. And, I was like, ‘Yo, as long as he got a dope rhyme, let him spit.’ But then we heard, ‘Oh, he wants Luda to write his rhyme.’ I was like, ‘Oh, no, no, no, no, no.’ If you ain’t writing your own rhyme, you can’t do it. Justin you gotta take a back seat. Write your own rhymes honey. You gotta call him honey on that one.”
During the summer, in the July/August 2011 issue, XXL asked Bieber if he sees himself ever seriously trying to rap, he replied, “Not really. I just do it for fun, but nothing serious. I don’t think people would take me seriously if I came out with, like, a rap album.”
No hard feelings. —Christopher Minaya