Weeks after Justin Bieber‘s emotional comeback performance at the MTV Video Music Awards, the singer is opening up in front of cameras again, this time in a revealing new video interview. Speaking with France’s Clique TV, Bieber talked about fame, his bad boy reputation, working with Kanye West, gun control and his top five favorite rappers.
In March, Bieber shared that he, Kanye and Rick Rubin were collaborating on music for his follow-up to 2012’s Believe. “We did some stuff for the album. We did this one song… I don’t know if it’s going to make the album. But it is really cool, really New York vibe,” Bieber said. “Kanye’s a talker. So you get him in a room and he starts talking and ranting, and I just sit and I listen. Because he’s been through a lot of stuff and he’s not just talking to talk, he obviously has something to say that he’s feeling from his heart. So when I hear that, I like to just sit and listen because he’s a really smart guy.” West’s one piece of advice to Bieber: “You got to give them that music that’s like ‘Fuck you.'”
Bieber is then asked about Kanye’s presidential dreams in 2020, and while the Canadian singer can’t legally run for the Oval Office, he did admit that – if he could – his first order of business as Commander-in-Chief would be to strengthen gun control in America. “I’d probably fix some of the gun laws. In Canada we don’t really have any guns and there’s no gun violence. That really solves it,” Bieber said. “They think it’s for protection and stuff but it always ends up in some bozo’s hand.”
As for Bieber’s top five rappers, he listed without hesitation, “Tupac, Mase, Nas, Biggie, Eminem. Eminem is first.” Bieber even dropped some lines from Mase’s “Feel So Good” before proclaiming, “Yeah, Mase was dope.” He didn’t pick favorites when it came to the Meek Mill vs. Drake feud, saying that he’s neutral in that beef, although he crowned Drake the superior rapper.