“I Gave Every Bit Of Advice” Usher Talks Justin Beiber & More
Usher appears on the June/July cover of the magazine NylonGuys that hits newsstands today. And inside, hetalks everything from Justin Beiber’s seemingly wayward path, his role as Sugar Ray Leonard and not really caring all that much about what his fans have to say about the direction he’s pursuing in music.
On Justin Beiber
‘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
“It’s unfortunate,’ Usher commented. ‘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.”
Then Usher went on to talk about the importance of artist development and how its led to the longevity of his own career. Usher, who moved to New York at 15 to be mentored by Diddy, said:
“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.”
His fans’ musical input
“In all honesty, I give one shit. I do hear them—that’s why I say one shit. I do give a shit, but not two shits. Two shits is a lot. I care enough to make sure they understand that I’m making it for them, but I’ve got to be true to where I am.”
Playing Sugar Ray Leonard
“I wanted to show a different side of who I am, not just throw my acting chops toward a romantic comedy. When I played Sugar Ray, everything was Sugar Ray. Every day I trained like a boxer. I ate like a boxer. I moved like a boxer.”
Usher certainly has a point about that artist development part. There’s certainly a lack of that these days. Seeing that Usher and Biebs were photographed together at the park, it’s clear that he’s still trying to impart some wisdom and be a good influence. But, it’s true, there’s only so much you can tell a grown man and that’s what Beiber is. It’ll be interesting to see what happens with him and his career.
Do you think Usher should stand by him? If you were his mentor, what would you say to Justin at this time? Check out the pictures from Usher’s spread on the following pages.