Justin Bieber talks rap career, Michael Jackson + new album in Complex | Music News

For their 10th anniversary special, Complex magazine hooked up with mega teen sensation Justin Bieber, capturing the otherwise squeaky clean-looking singer in a pair of graphic and unexpected cover shots. During the interview Bieber talks about a rap career, competing with Michael Jackson and his new album, among other things.

Over the course of his short pop career Bieber has shown much love for the Hip-Hop world, even making his second single a collaboration with rapper Ludacris. He’s also taken to freestyling over classic Biggie and 2Pac beats on radio shows, with many criticising the teen. However, if you thought Bieber was gonna give in and stop, you’d be wrong.

“I just rap for fun,” he says. “It’s nothing to take seriously. On my new album, I’m going to do a little bit of rapping.” This is something we won’t have to wait too long for as his new single “Boyfriend,” due March 26, features his rapping skills.

This new, slightly more grown up direction will be prevalent on his new album, Believe, which will feature many major producers and features. His manager, Scooter Braun, reveals, “We’re talking to Benny Blanco, Bei Maejor, Mike Posner. We’re going to work with Pharrell…and Bruno Mars. He’s going in with Drake and 40 next week.”

Braun also goes on to talk about who Bieber competes with in this industry: “He’s competitive with Michael Jackson. When he looks at who he should chase and who’s setting the bar, we only talk about Michael Jackson.”

He goes on to talk about meeting the Jackson family: “Even crazier was hearing Jackson’s daughter, Paris, tell Justin, ‘I think my dad would have loved to mentor you.’”

The interview will be in Complex’s April/May issue, out April 3rd.