If you asked me a year ago if Justin Bieber would drop a swaggy rap-influenced, heavy bass-thumping club track, I would have said “The little boy with the bangs and the purple hoodies? No way.”
Prepare to change your opinion about Justin Bieber.
Thanks to some anonymous fan in Belgium who won a contest, the Bieber fan won a free download of this previously unheard Bieber song, “Hey Girl.”
The song is on deluxe editions of Bieber’s new album Believe as a special “Ticketmaster Bonus Track.”
Anyways, the matter at hand is that this song is so uncharacteristically Bieber. The bass thumps, Bieber raps, the beat is awesome. This is the anti-“Boyfriend” and quite frankly, Bieber is proving that he’s making the transition from boyish heartthrob to certified pop star.
To be fair, the lyrics aren’t exactly brilliant and the content is still pretty immature, “Walking down the beach with my backpack on/ my snapback on/Ask me where I’m from and I say Canada,” Bieber raps in the opening.
Okay, so his lyricism is about as deep as Taylor Swift’s, but isn’t that why we love our teenage popstars?
I know that Bieber and Chris Brown are really good friends and this song has such a “Chris Brown” feel, I can only assume Brown lent some producing or song writing skills to the track.
However, even though Bieber’s new album has a more “mature” feel, his manager Scooter Braun says he’s still got A LOT of growing up to do.
“Adult artist? Just because he’s legal now doesn’t mean he’s an adult,” Scooter Braun told Billboard, “He still needs guidance; he’s still finding his way. He’s no longer a boy, but he’s definitely not yet a man.”
Boy/man/whatever, this song is awesome - listen to it here.