Bieber and Lil Twist. (Prince William/WireImage)
The 19-year-old rapper is the same person who was behind the wheel of the singer’s Ferrari on January 1 when a paparazzo was struck by a car and killed while trying to snap a photo of what he thought was Bieber being pulled over by police on a Los Angeles freeway.
Lil Twist, a native of Dallas, and Bieber have been friends for years, but only recently have people begun to question his impact on the “Beauty and the Beat” singer. After all, Lil Twist – whose Twitter profile photo is of him smoking, um, something – reportedly rolled the blunts that 18-year-old Bieber and his friends were smoking in a Newport Beach, California, hotel room on January 2. According to TMZ, those in Bieber’s camp are “deeply concerned that Twist has become a powerful negative influence in his life and feel very strongly Justin needs a clean break from the rapper or else bad things are going to happen.”
So who is this Lil Twist who has supposedly been making big trouble for Bieber?
He’s Lil Wayne’s Protégé
With a name like Lil Twist, it makes perfect sense that he’s working under Lil Wayne, who signed the youngster to his Young Money Records after he opened for him in 2007. But six years later, the artist (born: Christopher Moore) still has not released a full-length album. However, he has put out a number of mix tapes that seem to be popular with teeny-boppers … which he likely has Bieber to thank for. His debut, Don’t Get It Twisted, is slated to be released in the spring. The first single, “Do What I Want,” features 2 Chainz.
He’s Covered in Tattoos
He’s Dated a Teen Star – Just Like Bieber
Bieber and Lil Twist also seem to have a thing for teen starlets. Just like Bieber and former Disney queen Selena Gomez, the rapper reportedly had a two-year relationship with Keke Palmer, the star of Nickelodeon’s “True Jackson, VP,” until 2010, although not much is known about the romance. Since 2011, he’s been linked to actress Paige Hurd, who was on “Everybody Hates Chris” for three seasons.
He’s Big on Social Media
New Year's Eve. (Instagram)
He Appeared in Bieber’s “Baby” Video
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Lil Twist may not have much of a music career himself, but he’s done a good job of piggy-backing off Bieber. He made a blink-and-you-missed-it cameo in the singer’s 2010 video for “Baby” playing one of the Biebs’ friends (including Drake!) who watch him try not to strike out with a pretty girl while bowling.
Lil Twist’s rep did not respond to a request from “omg!” for comment on the controversy involving Bieber.
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