Rapper T.I. tells MTV News about the bond that he and Justin share. The rapper hopes mentoring Justin Bieber will “keep him from going down the same path”.
He tells MTV News:
Just trying to use my experiences to help somebody keep them from going down the same path that I did. Save him a little anguish.
Justin has really been calling me just to help him navigate himself through, from where he is to where he has to be.
T.I. also gives his thoughts on the controversy surrounding JB’s leaked videos. He says he hasn’t spoken to Justin after two videos of him making racist jokes hit the Internet, but he believes JB has to be held accountable.
Every man is held accountable for his actions and his words spoken. However, I also think we should take into account the time in which this happened and the age of the person when it happened.
I think that he definitely has to answer to it. He definitely has some explaining to do. But I think everybody that heard it has to allow him that opportunity. You can’t already convict somebody before they come forth with their rebuttal or their explanation. I think that is pivotal.
As previously reported, in one video Justin is heard telling a racially insensitive joke, while using the N-word. In another he changed the words of his song “One Less Lonely Girl” to “One Less Lonely N—-r.” Both videos surfaced online at the beginning of June, just days a part, but they were filmed when Justin was just a teen.
Justin has since issued a written apology.