(DJ Premier on working with Justin Bieber)
By Shakira Atitebi
Justin Bieber stopped by New York City’s Hot 97 radio station on Friday morning (November 18) to promote his Christmas album Under The Mistletoe. The 17-year-old didn’t hesitate to spit some new bars over Gang Starr's “DWYCK” in another attempt to prove that he’s serious about rapping. Justin grabbed the mic to rap about his hit singles, fresh footwear, his hot girlfriend (“Number one hits, I got the number one flicks, and the number one kicks, and the number one chicks”) and tops it off with a Ferris Bueller reference.
“New York salutes you, my friend,” host Peter Rosenberg told the Biebs after his rhyme. Earlier this month, Bieber dropped a freestyle over the instrumental for Kanye West and Jay-Z’s single “Otis,” tweeting a video link to fans, writing, “let's be clear. i love hip hop and i write my own rhymes. hi haterz ;)”
Bieber’s comment about writing his own rhymes was in reference to his recent attempt to join the cypher at the 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards. The pop icon was denied a spot in the cypher session after he reportedly requested that Ludacris pen his lyrics. In his latest freestyle he addresses the incident again, saying, “I don’t need Luda to know that I am the ruler.”
DJ Premier was initially fingered for rejecting Biebs’ request at the BET Hip-Hop Awards, but the producer cleared up that rumor and recently told MTV News that’d he’d actually love to work with Bieber—so long as he’s down to write his own rhymes.
“I’d love to work with him, just as long as he writes it,” Premier said, jokingly adding, “He’s gotta sit there in front of me and write it. I’d love to work with him and it would be dope.” Primo went on to explain his insistence that Bieber pen his own lyrics. “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.”
“I was all for it, for him to be in the cypher,” he continued. “Just make sure you wrote your own verse. The cypher is the purest, most original form of our culture.