Justin Bieber Talks Rap, Michael Jackson & More In New Complex Feature

Justin Bieber says he only raps for fun, plans on working with Drake, Pharrell Williams, and 40.

With news of pop star Justin Bieber tapping into his inner rapper for his next single “Girlfriend” on top of the singer freestyling on various radio shows there’s been lots of talk about Bieber as a rapper. But in a feature in Complex magazine the singer cleared up the rap rumors explaining that he does it merely “for fun.” 
“I just rap for fun. It’s nothing to take seriously,” Bieber explained to Complex. “On my new album, I’m going to do a little bit of rapping.” 
While Bieber may only rap for fun he still has plans on working with several Hip Hop artists in the studio including producer Pharrell Williams and rapper Drake.  
“We’re talking to Benny Blanco, Bei Maejor, Mike Posner. We’re going to work with Pharrell...and Bruno Mars. He’s going in with Drake and 40 next week,” said Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun.
Braun also explained that Bieber pits himself against the late singer Michael Jackson when it comes to setting the bar. 
“He’s competitive with Michael Jackson. When he looks at who he should chase and who’s setting the bar, we only talk about Michael Jackson. We talk about Michael probably every other day,” Braun revealed. 
The interview with Bieber will be featured in the April/May 2012 issue of Complex.
RELATED: DJ Premier Bans Justin Bieber From Entering BET Cypher With Ghostwritten Verse

With news of pop star Justin Bieber tapping into his inner rapper for his next single “Girlfriend” on top of the singer freestyling on various radio shows there’s been lots of talk about Bieber as a rapper. But in a feature in Complex magazine the singer cleared up the rap rumors explaining that he does it merely “for fun.” 

“I just rap for fun. It’s nothing to take seriously,” Bieber explained to Complex. “On my new album, I’m going to do a little bit of rapping.” 

While Bieber may only rap for fun he still has plans on working with several Hip Hop artists in the studio including producer Pharrell Williams and rapper Drake.  

“We’re talking to Benny Blanco, Bei Maejor, Mike Posner. We’re going to work with Pharrell...and Bruno Mars. He’s going in with Drake and 40 next week,” said Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun.

Braun also explained that Bieber pits himself against the late singer Michael Jackson when it comes to setting the bar. 

“He’s competitive with Michael Jackson. When he looks at who he should chase and who’s setting the bar, we only talk about Michael Jackson. We talk about Michael probably every other day,” Braun revealed. 

The interview with Bieber will be featured in the April/May 2012 issue of Complex.

RELATED: DJ Premier Bans Justin Bieber From Entering BET Cypher With Ghostwritten Verse

28 Comments

  • Robert

    Its good to see that Justin Bieber knows which artist in music history to model his career after. The problem is that Justin Bieber will never come close to having a minute fraction of the talent that Michael Jackson possessed.

  • bb

    I don't like his music (I like "Baby" only beacuse of Ludacris part and the beat), but I am not hating on him like many people just to be "cool". But MJ ? What the fuck, Justin has only one album out and he is so young, MJ is dead and had much bigger career, I'm his fan since I was 5 years old... Justin's and MJ's name in one sentance is bullshit. but still looking forward to Drake song :)

  • a

    LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!!!!!! he ain't no michael jackson, never will be no michael jackson....... IMPOSIBLE. i'm not gonna write a whole essay about it here, takes too much of my time. but yll know!! even the MJ hating faggs now.. there will NEVER be another one like Michael Joe Jackson.

  • JM

    Dude looks like Ellen Degeneres in that pic. As long as he doesn't start thinking he can make a rapper career, I couldn't care less what this kid does. His music isn't aimed at me since I'm not a 5-14 year old white girl.

  • Miles

    I think he is talented. But His Music was never made for anyone my age to like in the first place, so i don't critique him. His music is aimed for me

  • Anonymous

    i hate this dudes(if i can call him a dude) music but i'm glad he said that it's nothing to take seriously

  • phil

    i dont even like MJ but this little cocksucker should never been mentioned in the same sentance

  • Anonymous

    Ok, first off MJ is dead, so there is no more bar to set. Two, Schwarz's grandmother could probably do a mean rendition of Straight Outta Compton, but that doesn't mean she should. That's the problem with music today. You get these goofy little kids who get surrounded by nothing but yes men telling them they can do anything. I understand tastes vary, but there's absolutely nothing Brady Bieber can rap about that will make him look real. Or cool. Or street. Stick to what you know how to do.

  • sam

    omg this stupid loser has not to set anything, he cannot be competitive with Michael Jackson, he is just a stupid loser and never will be Michael Jackson in his stupid life! but he knows it very well of course! also the fleas cough....

  • Swag

    Justin Bieber is one of the greatest music artists to walk this Earth. OMG like I just LOVE his music so much!

  • Anonymous

    if this kid is 1 of the biggest "talents" of this generation how come i never hear this nigga on the radio?like dead serious.i see him on tv all the time but not 1 time have i herd this kid on the radio.THANK GOD

    • Anonymous

      he isn't in ur lane dude, he isn't talking to you. i think i heard that baby song once when i listen to radio one day a year or two back.

  • ???

    WTF?!! WHY THE FUCK IS HIPHOPDX GIVING US UPDATES ABOUT THIS FAGGOT?!!

  • Jenna

    Justin Bieber can fly to the moon but he'll NEVER amount to the Genius Michael Jackson was. There was only ONE Michael and that WAS Michael J. Jackson. Period.

  • nickrazor2000

    DX Why? why do you keep doing this to us? why keep giving us updates on beiber when you know it will only enrage us? its a slap in the face of all your loyal veiwers who truely respect hip hop. i just dont get it. i will admit though it is funny to hear that him and drake are gonna hook up in the studio. drake is softer than my newborn babys ass. its all just very, very, very sad.

    • nickrazor2000

      Oh and by the way, Justin looks sexier than my fav rapper????? So you think little boys are sexy????? man oh man you are a fag. A sick one. I like my rappers based on how talented they are not if they are sexy or not. so sad........

    • nickrazor2000

      so faggy boi, I think you just post comments to piss people off. you get off on it for some reason cause no one in there right mind would have the veiws you have. Beiber the most talented young rapper?!?! either you are a complete idiot or you are 12 years old. you are the true definition of a Troll. I feel sorry for you.

    • So Icy Boi!

      @the dude: clown ass nigga! Justin iz more hip hop then Feminem & Young Jeezy combined. Jujstin iz a gangsta juss like Lil B. swag

    • the dude

      Co-sign. I can understand news/articles on R&B acts (Rhianna, Ne-Yo, etc.) for how closely they work/interact with hip-hop, but giving attention to pop garbage like Justin Bieber is, well, garbage.

    • So Icy Boi!

      shut tha fuck up u bitch nigga. Justin rap better, look sexier then yo fav "real" rappers. Bieber & YMCMB are tha future. YMCMB OVOXO 4 life. swag

  • So Icy Boi!

    Justin Bieber iz so talented. he iz tha most talented young rapper. he shud sign to Young Money Cash Money Billionaires. a Bieber x Drake x Fred Durst x Lil Wayne collab wud be a dream. swag

    • So Icy Boi

      Justin Beiber iz da G.O.A.T. I wud buy all his CD's. He can sang betta than Michael Jackson and rap betta than Feminem. He gotz talent like no other in tha game. He iz up there wit Drake and Weezy. I wud suck all dey dicks swag

    • amirhossssein

      like the dream that Martin Luther King was talkin about?? i agree with signing to YMCMB part though it would be a great idea ! he and wayne and drake are not that different ! they are all just bull shit fuckin soft ass bitches!!

  • realist G(eneral)

    I fux with JB. Kneegrows need to stop hating on the kid.

    • amirhossssein

      then go fux your self! i bet you masturbate to his pics too! who the fuck would like JB if its not because of his looke! then if you like him either you are a girl or a faggot !

  • amirhossssein

    a bitch pop star wanna do a rap song ! who is the first one he goes for?? fuckin soft ass drake ! fuck this shit man ! with shit like this aint no way for classic hip hop to be on top and center of attention fuckin bitch raps for fun! ! im sooooooooo mad! aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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