Pop star Justin Bieber refuses to sway away from his love for hip-hop and has recruited rap stars Kanye West and Drake to appear on a forthcoming new album.
While a release date has not yet been penciled in, Bieber did confirm Ye and Drizzy’s guest spots.
In an interview with Capital FM, Bieber said he’s getting some high-profile folks to work on tracks for the album. “Very soon [it’ll be released], after my Christmas album,” JB revealed. “It’s going to be coming out. It is called Believe. I’m working with a lot of cool people. I’m working with Kanye [West]. Drake is going to work on the album with me.” It’s hardly the first time Bieber has been in the mix with Drake and Kanye.Bieber recently put his spin on Drake’s “Trust Issues,” and while Drake wishes JB had left the track uncensored, he had high praise for his fellow Canadian. “He’s like a talented kid … from Canada, so to hear him even remix that song is crazy,” he said. “That’s incredible.” (MTV)
While Ye made headlines last year remixing Bieber’s “Runaway Love” hit, the 17 year-old singer recently caught fans’ attention by covering rap star Lil Wayne‘s “Hot to Love.”
If you, like Vulture, forgot to send a really awesome present, don’t worry; Justin Bieber was on top of it. Young Biebs tweeted out a remix of Wayne’s oft-maligned hit single “How to Love” late last night, with an obligatory birthday greeting. Okay, hear us out: Even if you weren’t a fan of the slightly dull original, you might enjoy this cover. In fact, this cover might explain why many Wayne devotees weren’t particularly jazzed on the single. This is actually a Justin Bieber song! Granted, Biebs tries a lot harder in his version: We’re talking harmonies, a meandering guitar riff, and even a brief appearance by Shawty Mane (that would be Bieber’s rapping alter ego, though this breathy verse maybe only counts as half-rap). (New York Mag)
Over the summer, Wayne explained his decision not to work with Bieber at this stage in his career.
While fans can expect to hear both Heartbreak Drake and Ms.Minaj on Tha Carter IV, it’s the two Justin’s that Weezy F. also talks about. “That’s my little homie now,” Wayne says of The Biebs. “He texts me every night asking me to do [his] d*mn song. That’s my n*gga, but I can’t do it. Like I said, I don’t want to f*ck his sh*t up. But like I said, I want to work with Justin Timberlake. That boy got a voice; that boy can sing. He needs to come back right there on Tha Carter IV.” (XXL Mag)
In August, rapper/producer David Banner talked about Bieb’s hip-hop appreciation.
And what happened, particularly when it came time for Bieber’s contribution, took the entire studio by surprise. “I’m very protective of hip-hop, and I would never produce a song if I didn’t think it was jamming,” Banner shared, “and Justin Bieber floored everybody in the studio.” For those questioning the credibility of Shawty Mane’s hustle and flow skills, Banner sets the record straight. “When I look at the blogs, people are trying to dust it like: ‘Did somebody write it? Was it Pro-Tooled together?’ That boy… I actually wanted the very first take. We ended up doing it again, but he spit the whole verse all the way down non-stop. He spit,” Banner clarified, explaining that the Biebs is a true student of hip-hop. “It made me feel good because it shows you the effect of [hip-hop] culture. And for him to study and dissect our culture that way… he really has a respect to spend that much time, because that takes practice to be able to spit and rap like that. And I was impressed.” (Neon Limelight)
No further details have been revealed as of now.