Are Justin Bieber’s mic skills just a lick better than a freestyling frat dude or is he battle-rap ready? If you listen to his Tom Brady-dissing rhymes over Cam’ron’s “Speaking in Tongues” in tandem with this showing from The Cipha Sounds & Rosenberg Show, you can hear he’s cultivating his flow and delivery. Over Gang Starr’s “DWYCK,” Bieber addresses his adversaries (people in their basements say I didn’t even write this/ people say I’m white, so I couldn’t do it like this) and comes with punchlines (my Timbs like Hortons). His finesse earned a seal of approval from Hot 97′s heavy-hitters. This morning, K.Foxx declared herself a Belieber.
On a softer side of the internet, Biebz and Jaden Smith have covered Frank Ocean‘s “Thinking About You.” It is so smooth, it sounds like it was made for JB. It’s also not the first time Bieber’s paraded his savvy taste—he’s already shared his love for Drake and The Throne. Will Bieber struggle to break with his tender pop past or will he easily transition into a middle finger up attitude and embrace his rap accolades?