By Nadeska Alexis with reporting by Ade Mangum
Justin Bieber was denied a spot in the cypher session at the 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards after requesting that Ludacris pen his lyrics, but the 17-year-old performer dropped a freestyle over Jay-Z and Kanye’s Watch The Throne single “Otis” this week, to prove that he’s serious about rapping. DJ Premier was initially fingered for denying Biebs’ request, but the producer cleared up that rumor recently, and on Thursday (November 3) he 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.”
After dropping his “Otis” freestyle this week, Bieber tweeted the link to fans, writing, “let’s be clear. i love hip hop and i write my own rhymes. hi haterz ;)”