Justin Bieber is getting some help from Ludacris in learning the ways of puppy love for his new track “Baby,” off his March release, My World (Part II). But the teen superstar says that just because he’s hanging with the rapper on the track doesn’t mean he’s about to put out some rap music of his own anytime soon.
“Well, [Ludacris and I] both live in Atlanta. I met him a year prior to this and we figured it was a perfect collaboration for him, so we invited him out to do it,” Bieber told MTV News on the set of the “Baby” video, adding that he hasn’t gotten any career advice from the rapper and doesn’t plan on spitting rhymes himself. “No, [he didn’t give me any advice]. I mean, he’s a rapper; he doesn’t sing. No, [I’m not planning on rapping]. Not at all. Nope.”
Ludacris says the video is like a 2010 version of Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel,” and Bieber says it will capture the song’s message of trying to woo back a girl.
“It starts off, I really like this girl, but we didn’t [get] along; we couldn’t be together,” he said. “Basically I want her back and [I’m] kind of going through the whole thing. I’m chasing her around, trying to get her, and she’s kind of playing hard to get, but I’m persistent. I keep going.”
On set that day was fellow Canadian superstar Drake, who shot a cameo for the video. “He’s just one of my good buddies. He’s here to hang out,” Bieber said, adding that if you want to know who else may pop up on the album, “you’ll have to see when it comes out in March.”
While Bieber was comfortable with kissing his female lead in the video, Ludacris admits that he had to dig deep to come up with lyrics appropriate for the teen’s song. “He’s talking about [how] he’s mad that his girl left him and he still cares for her,” he said. “As soon as I heard it I knew it was a hit, I just had to figure out how I could get on a record with a 15-year-old. So I sat there and said, ’Let me reminisce on the past,’ and that’s basically how I stepped on the record. And I guarantee you, mark my word, that’s going to be one of the biggest songs of the year 2010.”
While Ludacris and Bieber aren’t very similar musically, it turns out that their personalities are a lot more alike than you might think. “When I first met Justin, man, I felt like he’s definitely a little shy at first,” Luda said. “I understand. I’m kind of the same way till I get comfortable with my surroundings, and then it’s just all out, just wild. Oh man, his career is just starting. When I tell you the longevity — he’s out of here.”
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