SOHH Whatcha Think: Why Won't Lil Wayne Make Justin Bieber's Wish Come True? [Click Here & Speak]
Monday, Jun 27, 2011 12:15AM
"O Weezy, Where Art Thou?" Just a random guess but if I were a betting man, I would say teenage sensation Justin Bieber asks himself the same question on a daily, if not minute-to-minute, basis.
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The question not only remains in Justin Bieber's head but in the minds of most hip-hop fiends out here these days since Lil Wayne admitted to turning down the 17 year-old's frequent, or should I say daily, collaboration requests in the new XXL Magazine. With all due respect to Lil Wayne and the artist which lies within him (pause), I cannot help but think about the countless collaborations he has already done in the past which have been suspect to say the least. I mean, if you are looking to save Bieber's image, Weezy, how could you ever defend these:
3LW's "Neva Get Enuf"
Natasha Bedingfield's "Love Like This" (Remix)
Although I am not sure how young 3LW were in 2002, it is safe to say they were pushing Bieber's age and as far as Bedingfield is concerned, I believe her career either remained the same or was definitely elevated courtesy of Weezy's contribution. So, what gives, Wayne? The excuse of trying to protect Bieber because he doesn't "want to f*ck his sh*t up" is weak at best. I mean, just take a look at how many artists "do" want to snag Biebs.
"Yeah, h*ll yeah," Drag told SOHH when asked if he would collaborate with Justin Bieber. "H*ll yeah, dog. I co-sign Justin Bieber. He's a little young kid doing his thing. He came up off the Internet doing nothing. You know what I'm saying? I respect it. Word up. He's young. I wish that dude the best. I'd jump on a song with Justin Bieber tonight, yo!" (SOHH)
"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 determines 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)
Granted, both artists could also see a collaboration with Biebs as an opportunity to boast their own careers but anyhow, there seems to be no harm in crossing waters to invade Justin's fan base, right? I mean, in just a couple more years Bieber will likely trek in the footprints of other successful white R&B stars like Jon B, Robin Thicke and Justin Timberlake (all whom Wayne has worked with). Furthermore, even Kanye West and Raekwon spit some bars to Bieber's "Runaway Love" so what's up, Weezy?
Could Wayne simply not have any interest in making a song with the kid? I mean, he is plotting his retirement and working on Tha Carter IV, allegedly his last LP. And plus, since getting out of jail and avoiding legal problems, his image has remained clean and has yet to be caught intoxicated or high. Is there more behind Wayne's refusal to add a 16 to a 16, well, 17 year-old?
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[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]