November 12, 2012

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Top 40: Justin Bieber: A Brief Hip Hop History

#1March 19, 2010: Bieber Rips a Ferocious Freestyle on UK Hip Hop DJ Tim Westwood's Show

"Swagification" wasn't even a word before Justin Bieber came on the scene, but in a few short years, the soulful busker from Stratford, Ontario has officially added hip hop icon to his resume. Okay, maybe icon is a bit strong, but the hip hop community has embraced Bieber more than any boy band or teenage singer in musical history. From ripping monstrous freestyles on radio shows to getting Ludacris and Soulja Boy on your tracks to releasing music as your rap alter ego, Bieber's love of hip hop-and vice versa-is well-documented. Here's a brief history.

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