Justin’s first meeting with Scooter.
“Damn, damn JB, where the hell you been, yeah I got a new necklace, diamonds, two big face rollies, not I ain’t lying’, making momma so proud that she crying’. Yeah you say i’m crazy? Guess that makes two, but I never knew that dreams really come true. Started playing drums when I was only two, now we kick it in Japan, kung-fu. So i’m heading for the gold, i’m sweating, I swear otis redding, will be oh-so redding. I already got aheady of the game, i’m with Kenny. And we steady, getting manu, I mean money, riding in an all-black benz with the all black rims, and we looking at some 10s, through our all-black lenses. Wait … i’m not done. Wait … wait, wait. I thanked jesus at the awards, i’m never going to hell, call me Zack Norris i’m saving you by the bell. My girls says i’m perfect, she just loves them imperfect persons, perfectly personally I think she is perfectly perfect. I get it done abundantly, she wants to get up under me. Swear that I got honey bee’s cause baby I’m a money tree, so be my little honey bee my little-bitty bunny, I got honeys all up on me baby I just get it doney. Possibly your probly thinking this type of swag is impossible and logically will probably but you just take me lyrically, try to feel me spiritually, get out your mind literally. There’s a bigger me inside this little me, screaming out I should make history, I am like a mystery, hated by jealousy cause they envy me, run up on my enemies see if they remember me, soon as they remember me I wipe away their memory. Can’t you see the private jets flying over you? I ain’t even notice but my focus on my photos might be bogus, no they shouldn’t be a photoshoot. It’s funny how you wanna take my picture and it’s like your first time, playing with camera claiming that “It’s not mine” Just calm down, you don’t gotta hurry, don’t be nervous, you don’t gotta worry. And my fans are like my glasses, yeah without them I’d be blurry.”
A great review of Justin’s show in Cape Town, written by University of Cape Town student Daniël Geldenhuys.
When Justin Bieber comes to Cape Town…
I’m just gonna go ahead and say the thing I know I’m not supposed to say: I don’t hate Justin Bieber. I mean, look around you, is there anyone in your immediate vicinity who’s under 20, has produced chart-topping albums and has 38.9 million twitter followers? (If so, please contact VARSITY immediately. We’d like to shoot and interview them for our next style supplement.)
I decided I wanted the full Justin Bieber concert experience. So last night I set off with an entourage of girls under 10 and mothers over 30 – no one looked a day over 21. After a dramatic saga involving forgetting/running back for/losing/reprinting our tickets, we hit Green Point Stadium in time for the opening act: Locnville, the human yo-yos.
At around 8:45pm, after a very thrilling countdown on the screens, the show began. There is was: Justin’s silhouette. Then there he appeared, as if out of nowhere: Justin Bieber – the crowd turned inside out.
Let’s take a moment to talk fans. There weren’t as many pre-teen girls as I expected. Granted, there were quite a few little ones, the smallest I saw just reached my knee, but they definitely weren’t the majority. There weren’t that many cougars either. The most surprising turn out was teenage (probably between 13 and 17) boys. I wondered: who were these young men? Were they boyfriends? Could they never let their girlfriends go? Na na na, na na na, na na na?
The show was a smooth, well-choreographed showcase of Bieber’s talents. His voice isn’t earth shattering, but he handles his crowd and choreography extremely well and – it may just have been the white gloves – but there was something very MJ about the performance.
What’s a beauty without a beat, Justin asked the audience before launching into the best number of the show. Right on cue, Nicki Minaj appeared larger-than-life on the screen behind Justin to rap her part – that was when I lost it completely, screeching and hyperventilating at the same time – and disappeared again all too quickly. I had been anxiously anticipating this moment, making provision for if it didn’t happen by tweeting Justin before the show: @Justinbieber I’d be happy to rap Nicki’s part for her in Beauty and the Beat. DM me. #swag.
And then the moment all the girls had been waiting for. The empty chair was on stage, so we all saw it coming. Justin began his ballad One Less Lonely Girl which ended up in one ridiculously lucky pre-teen being called on stage to be serenaded by boy Bieber. Young Nellie (I stand to be corrected on her name) was graceful and sweet. She didn’t seem overwhelmed – maybe she just couldn’t belieb this was happening to her.
He closed the show with Baby. What else? With the final “I’m gone” he was gone. We were sad to see him leave what, according to his Twitter, he still believes to be one word CAPETOWN!
He left the audience with the combined message of Never Say Never and Believe which, in a nutshell, says that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to. If you’re already a Belieber, I’m sure you took the message to heart. If you think he’s the lamest thing on the planet, you should take the message to heart as well because, since you’re so much cooler than him, I’m sure you could put on a much better show.
I talk to Justin once a week and Justin is suffering from immature adulthood in the media and the surrounding world.
Justin’s not doing anything that a normal 19-year-old wouldn’t want to do and wouldn’t need to do to become a man.
The transition from boyhood to manhood is a very difficult transition that’s handling on a world stage better than 95 percent of people who talk shit about him.
At tonight’s concert in Antwerp, Belgium (April 10), while Justin was performing As Long As You Love Me, Beliebers held up signs that said “We will love you forever, as long as you love us.” He looked up into the audience for a while and started tearing up. The crowd also released balloons while Justin was performing Believe. After tonight’s show, Justin tweeted “@justinbieber we had a special moment tonight :) thanks. #BelieveTour.”