Somebody's been eating a bowl of gangsta flakes in the mornings. In an interview with MTV, Justin Bieber is asked why he believes the hip hop community has embraced him. Stop. Now wait a minute. Did Justin Bieber get an invite to Summer Jam? Did he spit in the Cypher? Was he on the cover of "Source" magazine or something? Since when does a Ludacris feature and a shout out from Lil' Wayne on Ustream count as hip hop embracing you? Ludacris is dishing out guest verses to anyone who'll pay out and Lil' Wayne did the same before him. Hell, Weezy did a song with Paula DeAnda for God's sake.
Watch Justin Bieber talk about his street cred below.
Have we learned nothing from the John Mayer incident? When it comes to doling out "hood" passes to young, white pop stars, we must tread carefully. They get too comfortable and before you know it, jokes about white supremacy, the n word and napalm sex come tumbling out. Just because Justin Bieber can do a little stanky legg and memorized the Kidz Bop version of "Chicken Noodle Soup," does NOT mean he's an honorary member of the hip hop community with full rights and privileges.
Bieber shouldn't mistake rappers who eagerly attempt to attach themselves to a brand that's selling like hotcakes as a co-sign for his street cred. If he gets dropped off in the wrong part of Washington D.C., New Orleans or Chitown, the Bieb won't like what embraces him much at all. And his "rap" friends won't even look back at him when it all goes down either. Just ask Shyne.
Going forward, all hood passes for pop stars should pass through a rigorous screening process with seals of approval by Frankie Lons, Teeny and Khia before being handed out. Gotta make sure only real thugs get full access.