Mon 19 Mar 2012
How do you celebrate 10-years in the magazine game? With an un-f*ck-witable cover, that’s how! Today, our fam at Complex unveils its decade-in-print anniversary issue, with an incredible cover by Justin Bieber. In the feature story, the pop superstar opens up to Joe La Puma while out in Paris. Biebs and JLP chat on his pop stardom, the much-anticipated Believe album, its new single “Boyfriend” which drops next week, haters, his love life, and plenty more.
On his rapping and the critics following his Biggie freestyle:
Some grumpy rap media outlets have griped about Bieber freestyling over classic beats like Biggie’s “Who Shot Ya,” but he shrugs the critics off. “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.” He proceeds to spit a set of bars from “Boyfriend,” a song recorded for Believe. “Tell me what you like, dear/Tell me what you don’t/I could be your Buzz Lightyear/Fly across the globe/You don’t even need to fight, dear/You already know/I can make you shine bright/Like you’re laying in the snow/Burr.” Yeah, JayBee’s up on Gucci Mane, too.
Read another excerpt, plus view the second cover and behind-the-scenes footage of Bieber’s photoshoot for Complex, after the jump…..
Justin Bieber’s growing up. He turned 18 on March 1—it’s hard to believe he stepped on the scene just three years ago. It’s not often that a pop star transitions to adulthood before our eyes. Michael Jackson did it, as did the other Justin—Timberlake, that is. Both are legends in their own right who graduated from boy bands to spectacular solo careers. But there haven’t been many who’ve done it as a solo artist on both sides of the jump. Bieber’s about to break the mold with his new album, Believe. When all is said and done, this kid could be the biggest pop star of this generation. But are his current crop of fans ready for their idol to grow up? And equally important, does Justin want to make the sacrifices that go along with being the new King of Pop?
Justin Bieber on his relationship with Selena Gomez:
Justin’s outlook on the relationship is realistic. Although he’s not ready to answer the question of whether he’s in love, he’s not trying to conceal his feelings for Gomez anymore. “There’s no way to hide the relationship completely, because then it would be unfair to us,” he says. “It’s like, ‘You take this car, and I’ll take this car, and then we’ll meet up at the spot. Then, you go in this door, I’ll go in this door. We’ll end up crossing ways. You get back in this car. We’ll cross over, do a James Bond. You go through the kitchen. I’ll go through the back area. Then we’ll meet in the dressing room and see each other.’ At that point, it’s not even a relationship. You’re just hiding from everyone. That’s unfair and unhealthy, man.” With that, he polishes off the extra plate of broccoli he requested from the waiter and heads back to his hotel room to retire for the night.
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