After DJ Premier allegedly banned Justin Bieber from rhyming in the 2011 BET Cyphers, the veteran producer is willing to hit the studio with the teen pop star. Speaking with MTV’s RapFix, Primo said that he would work with the singer/rapper as long as he penned his own rhymes.
“I’d love to work with him, just as long as he writes it,” he said. “He’s gotta sit there in front of me and write it. I’d love to work with him and it would be dope.”
He also touched on the BET Hip Hop Awards controversy of supposedly banning him from the cyphers. Preem says he was all for Bieber participating, but only if he wrote his verse on his own.
“At the cyphers, I said yo, I’m down for him to spit it, but if somebody writes your rap, you can’t do it. That was my only comment. Even thought I said, ‘Write your own rhymes honey and all that’—I’ma jokester, I could do that and it wasn’t even a diss,” he said. “I was all for it, for him to be in the cypher. [...] Just make sure you wrote your own verse. The cypher is the purest, most original form of our culture.”