Lil Twist claimed to have taken drug charges for Justin Bieber.
Lil Twist made waves this past week when he made a startling revelation on the Mina's House podcast. As many people know, he is good friends with Justin Bieber and as it turns out, Twist was made to be the fall guy just in case Bieber got into any trouble. In the interview, Twist specifically recalls a time in which he was asked to take a weed charge for Bieber. Since JB was a child star, a drug charge could have proven to be very costly for him.
“If they would have put weed charges on Justin in his early career, it would have been bad on him," Twist said. "So I got a call one day saying, ‘Twist, do you really love this kid?’ I said, ‘Yes.’ They said, ‘Cool. If you love him then you can take the heat for him because you can come off a little weed charge. You’re associated with Lil Wayne. You’re a rapper.’”
Following the backlash from his comments, Twist released a statement through his publicist describing why he chose to come out with his experience. As he explains, he wanted to show people what it's like to be black in America and how biases can be thrust upon you.
"We are at a very critical point in society as we rewrite a new narrative that encompasses the experience of being Black in America. However, rewriting a new narrative requires one to stand in and speak his or her truth with confidence. While promoting my TV show, the subject of certain events with Bieber were brought up, and in the spirit of being authentic, I felt it a disservice to my fans and the general public to not be completely transparent about my experience. I believe that if you truly support the Black Lives Matter movement, Black people, and Black culture, your actions have to reflect that."
Twist's story has proven to be quite shocking and it certainly speaks to some of the stereotypes some black artists have to deal with.