News: Justin Bieber Gets His Grill Measured Up, "I'm Gonna Swag It The F*ck Out!"
Sunday, Sep 4, 2011 9:00AM
Rap fans hoping to catch a glimpse of pop star Justin Bieber seeping more into hip-hop culture may be in luck as the 17 year-old recently got fitted for teeth jewelery.
According to reports, Biebs aka "Shawty Mane," is on the prowl for a fresh grill.
The next time Justin Bieber flashes his million-dollar smile, you may notice a little extra shine. The teen idol and his pal Sean Kingston got fitted for grills by jeweler to the stars Ben Baller. The process took only minutes while Baller made a mold of Bieber's six teeth so he could cast them in gold. "I don't even make grills anymore unless its for someone really special. and obviously, this is someone special. so I'm gonna swag it the f**k out!" wrote Baller, who's done work for Michael Jackson, Tom Cruise, and Drake. But don't worry Beliebers, it's not permanent. The fashion accessory can be removed within seconds, so you won't be seeing it on the cover of his upcoming Christmas album. (Rap-Up)
Earlier in the week, Young Money's Drake talked about Biebs remixing his "Trust Issues" summer anthem.
When Justin Bieber dropped his remix of Drake's "Trust Issues" over the weekend, many wondered whether the 17-year-old pop star would keep the lyrics intact and throw out F-bombs and the track's other profanities. The baby-faced singer most certainly did not, trading Drake's "F--- it, I'm on one" line for "You know I'm on one." "I wish he would've left all the cuss words in it. I feel like that would've been so G, if he would've done all the swearing," Drake told MTV News from Lil Wayne's Tha Carter IV release party on Sunday. "I was excited when I heard he remixed it, because there was like a gang of swearing in that song. I was like, 'Oh, we're about to hear the transformation of Bieber.'" (MTV)
Last month, producer/rapper David Banner dished out about becoming aware of Bieber's appreciation for hip-hop while making their "Ladies Love Me" collaboration.
And what happened, particularly when it came time for Bieber's contribution, took the entire studio by surprise. "I'm very protective of hip-hop, and I would never produce a song if I didn't think it was jamming," Banner shared, "and Justin Bieber floored everybody in the studio." For those questioning the credibility of Shawty Mane's hustle and flow skills, Banner sets the record straight. "When I look at the blogs, people are trying to dust it like: 'Did somebody write it? Was it Pro-Tooled together?' That boy... I actually wanted the very first take. We ended up doing it again, but he spit the whole verse all the way down non-stop. He spit," Banner clarified, explaining that the Biebs is a true student of hip-hop. "It made me feel good because it shows you the effect of [hip-hop] culture. And for him to study and dissect our culture that way... he really has a respect to spend that much time, because that takes practice to be able to spit and rap like that. And I was impressed." (Neon Limelight)
In early summer, rapper Asher Roth also detailed Bieber's love for the rap game.
"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)
Check out a past Justin Bieber interview below: