The ’90s baby re-works songs from two of the decade’s biggest hitmakers
Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car” is six years older than Justin Bieber — if the song were a kid, it would have graduated kindergarten by the time he was born — but that didn’t stop the singer from attempting a cover of the ’90s classic, along with a surprising rendition of 2pac’s “Thugz Mansion,” for BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge.
Bieber donned some torn flannel, picked up an acoustic guitar, and did his best to invoke the smoky, uplifting intimacy of Chapman’s original. He said it was a “part of his childhood,” a song that his mom would play all the time when he was a kid, and after a brief flub at the beginning, he eventually found his key and croons his way through the track. (You gotta feel for him when you see him wince as he finds his footing.)
The low-key mood was well-suited to his cover of “Thugz Mansion.” After the performance, Bieber shared a bit about his relationship to hip-hop — namely, to Kanye West. “I forget how I met him,” he said. “We just clicked and vibed. It was cool.”
Maybe Bieber was flemmy and flummoxed from drinking too much milk before his performance? Even then, Bieber on a bad day still sounds better than the majority of Average Joes belting out “Fast Car” in their respective automobiles on their best day, so he gets a pass on this one.
Police search followed woman’s accusation Tuesday that singer pointed gun at her while at his house.
Police did not find guns or drugs during a search of singer Chris Brown’s mansion before his arrest on allegations he threatened a model at gunpoint, his lawyer said Friday.
Mark Geragos said he was present during the search and police did not find evidence to corroborate the accuser’s story, including a specific piece of jewelry that she said triggered the incident.
Baylee Curran told reporters that Brown pointed a gun at her face after he and another man became angry with her when she admired the man’s diamond necklace.
Brown was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. He was released on $250,000 U.S. bail.
Geragos said the accuser’s story was fabricated.
“This woman got irate when she was asked to leave because she was acting in an erratic manner,” Geragos said.
Capt. Andy Neiman said the Los Angeles Police Department is working with prosecutors to review the evidence and not commenting on the case.
The Grammy-winning Brown has had legal trouble and problems acquiring international visas since his felony conviction in the 2009 assault of then-girlfriend, Rihanna. He completed probation in that case last year.
Brown has also faced accusations that were proven to be false, Geragos said. He has also had stalkers and several break-ins, including one by a woman who moved into his house while he was away.