A year ago, almost to the day, MTV News ran an interview with [artist id="3187077"]Justin Bieber[/artist] in which the teen star said he had no plans to do any rapping. Cut to a year later, and Bieber has really stepped up his rap game, between his verse on Sean Kingston's "Won't Stop" and his Shawty Mane MC alter ego.
When we caught up with the star on the bowling-alley video set for "Baby" last year, Bieber still seemed kind of green to the whole process but remained completely poised throughout the shoot. He opened up about his MC pals, sharing how he got Ludacris to join him on the song, which turned out to be his breakout hit.
"Well, [Ludacris and I] both live in Atlanta," Bieber said. "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."
When asked if Luda offered him any advice, Bieber said, "No. I mean, he's a rapper; he doesn't sing." And he seemed adamantly opposed when we asked if he had any rapping plans: "No. Not at all. Nope."
These days, Bieber's MC rolodex has expanded even more, but back then, he was still flexing his swagga muscle by getting fellow Canadian Drake onboard to make a cameo in the video. "He's just one of my good buddies. He's here to hang out," Bieber said, noting that he couldn't confirm who else might appear on his not-yet-released My World 2.0. "You'll have to see when it comes out in March."
On Friday, Justin Bieber's 3-D documentary, "Never Say Never," opens. The film takes a look at how the teen star worked to hit it big. MTV News has been chatting with him along the way, from the time he first burst on the scene in 2009 until now, as he embarks on a huge 2011 that will include a tour and more new music.
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