News: Asher Roth Played Big Bro To Justin Bieber, "We Legitimately Used To Babysit Him" [Video]
Thursday, Jun 2, 2011 1:20PM
Rapper Asher Roth has provided more details on his relationship with pop sensation Justin Bieber and said their bond goes beyond simply sharing the same manager.
While both managed by Scooter Braun, Roth said he knew Bieber before all of the recent fame.
"Bieber is my guy, like, I think people really think I'm joking or I'm lying when I say we legitimately used to babysit him," Roth revealed in an interview. "Not on some young kid stuff but we would look out for him and look after him. When I was in Atlanta, I had moved to Atlanta, Bieber moves down the street from me and he was like 12, 13 at the time. We used to just come over and hang out. We used to play [video game] Rock Band and chill. I have Bieber rapping on the [2008 Greenhouse Effect mixtape] 'Cannon' [song]. ... You cannot not be happy for an over successful fun loving good kid. He's a really, really awesome dude...He's a hip-hop head, he really is -- he loves it. I might have to ghostwrite for him but other than that, he's a good dude. I'm really excited to see what he does in the future." (XXL Mag)
In addition to getting rap star Kanye West on his "Runaway Love" remix, Yeezy is reportedly working on Bieber's untitled sophomore album.
Along with having a taste for the finer things in life, Kanye West apparently has contracted Bieber Fever. While the illness initially presented itself as a remix back in August, Justin Bieber's manager Scooter Braun confirmed during a recent audio chat that the Louis Vuitton Don now wants to produce and collaborate on even more tracks with the wunderkind from Toronto. Braun did not share many specifics, but said that "[Bieber] and Kanye had a call... about a song they're trying to work on together. Kanye wants to produce a bunch of new songs for his new album." (Consequence of Sound)
G-Unit's Lloyd Banks previously said he would hop on a track with Bieber.
"I would definitely do a record with Justin Bieber. I think early on in my career things were a little different. Now, the fact of the matter is the youth determine which way music is going to go," explains Banks. "When you become influential enough to control one market, I think it's time to cross-market." (VIBE)
After Bieber released his "Speaking In Tungs" freestyle last fall under the rap alias "Shawty Mane", Dipset affiliate Vado gave the singer his co-sign.
"I was shocked! He killed it! He sounded like [Notorious] B.I.G.," Vado said in an interview. "When I seen it on Twitter, I didn't believe it. We need to keep his verse for the remix! We might finish the remix this weekend, and let Justin go first. I'm definitely going to contact him." (New York Daily News)
Check out Asher Roth speaking on Justin Bieber below: