When news broke of troubled teen singer Justin Bieber dropping the “n-bomb” several times for fun in the early days of his career, many wondered how his mentors and industry associates would respond, especially since he has worked with so many African-American artists. Usher is one of the entertainers he is most closely associated with. The current “The Voice” coach played a big part in Bieber’s discovery and introduction to the music biz. In his cover story for the recent issue of Nylon Guys, Usher opened up about the bad case of Bieber fever affecting the 20 year old’s controversial career which includes arrests for assault, DUI and vandalism.
“It’s unfortunate. I hate some of the things I hear. Is it all true? I don’t know. But I will tell you this: Success comes with a price. Every person that has grown up, grows up with something. It ain’t just perfect from the beginning.”
Usher is no stranger to what teens can get exposed to when their careers in music come early. The artist started his own career at 14 under the guidance of producer Sean “Diddy” Combs who he has mentioned would take him to wild parties to give him more of an “edge”.
“I gave every bit of advice and always told him it was up to him if he really wanted this. Now that he has it, as an adult, it’s his to manage. Do I turn my head in shame based off of what I see, what I know? Nah, I don’t because it’s all part of life’s process. Am I in it with him? Yeah.”
“Artistic development made me who I am. Somebody took the time to help me find what it is that works for me as an entertainer and who I am as a music maker.”
I get Bieber trying to shed his bubblegum image, but catching cases and biting stripper breasts isn’t the way to do it. If “edge” is what he’s pursuing, he’s about to fall right the hell off of it. Why don’t these celebs understand that best way to re-brand yourself and stay in the public eye is just to make good music? It really is just that simple.
We’re glad he’s got Usher in his corner. If anyone understands the growing pains that come with the music industry it’s him. Meanwhile check out his spread in Nylon Guys: