Whether you’re a Belieber or a non-Belieber, there’s one thing you can’t deny: Justin Bieber really seems to adore and appreciate his fans. After premiering his new “Boyfriend” video, the 18-year-old pop titan took to L.A.’s Petersen Automotive Museum for a sitdown with MTV centerpiece Sway Calloway and a room full of fans (mostly female, of course) for an in-depth discussion and Q&A session.
During the chat Bieber touched on a number of topics, including his recent studio session with Kanye West, who evidently wants to make the Biebs “cool” by giving him an unexpected sound.
“He wants to just basically do records that people wouldn’t necessarily think that I would do,” Bieber explains. “That’s one thing that he really wants.”
He says Yeezy also has respect for his MC alter ego “Shawty Mane” and has “always been super supportive” of the singer’s part-time rapping.
Despite what many may think, Young Bieber wants people to know how truly dedicated he is to his music, and he really tried to hammer the point home.
“I want people to know that my music is something I take really seriously,” he says. “It’s not something that’s just a joke. I’m not just putting out music … My music I take seriously. I’ve been doing music and playing instruments since I was really little and I just wanna show the world that it’s not a game.”
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, as Bieber also talks about his new album (Believe, due June 19), the advice he gets from Usher, his relationships with Drake and Lil’ Wayne, his voice changing, his Men In Black III cameo, Punk’d and much, much more.
On a somewhat unrelated note, as a Hip-Hop guy I’d be remiss to not acknowledge what the site of this discussion means to the culture: the Petersen Automotive Museum is the last place The Notorious B.I.G. partied before his death. The MC was slain shortly after leaving a VIBE-hosted soiree there after the 1997 Soul Train Music Awards. Rest in peace, baby-babaay.
Now that that’s done, watch MTV’s chat with the “Baby” singer below.