They don't call T.I. Trouble Man for nothing. Yes, Tip has had his fair share of drama, but the King of the South works to steer others away from the negative. That's sort of the nature of his relationship with Justin Bieber.
"Just trying to use my experiences to help somebody keep them from going down the same path that I did. Save him a little anguish," Tip told MTV News about the bond that he and the Biebs share, when he came to New York earlier this month to promote his new single and video "No Mediocre."
Back in February Beiber and T.I. snapped a a couple of Instagram pics, so of course we had to ask what brought them together. "Justin has really been calling me just to help him navigate himself through, from where he is to where he has to be," Tip told us over the phone back then.
T.I. says he hasn't spoken to Justin after two videos of him making racist jokes hit the Internet, but he believes JB has to be held accountable. "Every man is held accountable for his actions and his words spoken," Tip told us. "However, I also think we should take into account the time in which this happened and the age of the person when it happened."
In one video Justin is heard telling a racially insensitive joke, while using the N-word. In another he changed the words of his song “One Less Lonely Girl" to "One Less Lonely N----r." Both videos surfaced online at the beginning of June, just days a part, but they were filmed when Bieber was just a teen.
He has since issued a written apology, but is it enough?
"I think that he definitely has to answer to it. He definitely has some explaining to do," T.I. said. "But I think everybody that heard it has to allow him that opportunity. You can't already convict somebody before they come forth with their rebuttal or their explanation. I think that is pivotal."