I can’t believe I’m saying this but, I like Justin Bieber’s cover of “How To Love” better than the original.
Justin Bieber just released a youtube video of him singing and rapping in a rearranged acoustic version of Lil Wayne’s track “How To Love” off his album “Tha Carter IV”.
Lil Wayne just celebrated his 29th birthday so Bieber tweeted him a happy birthday link to his own cover of Lil Wayne’s hit song. And who doesn’t want a 17 year old to slaughter your own music on your birthday? Kidding. Bieber’s cover is sugary sweet pop, but it aint THAT bad.
Bieber tweets, “trying to sleep. Until then happy birthday @LilTunechi” and he linked to a youtube video of the song. Also, in case you don’t know who @LilTunechi is, it’s Lil Wayne himself.
Bieber is really into covers lately. He already did a cover of Drake’s rap ballad “Trust Issues,” but Bieber is really going for the dark stuff. “Trust Issues” and “How to Love”? Where’s his cover of Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night (TGIF)”?
Bieber recorded backing vocals on the song, produced it and apparently also played all the instruments for the track, according to this super official tweet from his manager, Scooter Braun.
“@LilTunechi – some1 leaked jb’s how 2 love remix. He produced and played everything live.”
Scooter also tweeted that Bieber is turning more songs into chipmunk pop nonsense, I mean “remixing songs by other artists.”
“He has some more remixes coming too. Right @seankingston” tweets Scooter.
Bieber’s version of the song has more of a Jason Mraz-meets-Usher-meets-Justin Timberlake feel to it, rather than the “from da streets” grit that Lil Wayne brings to the original version. However, even though this is a Weezy song, it’s not a rap per se, it’s more of a midtempo talk-singing ballad? Anyways, it’s refreshing to hear someone do this song the vocal justice it deserves. I love Lil Wayne, but he can’t sing, he’s just one of those rappers that occasionally sing and we let them (i.e. Kanye West, Nicki Minaj)
Justin also adds in his own rap to the track. About halfway through the song he drops this rhyme: “I just want to take my time/ I just want to do my thing/Maybe we press rewind/Maybe I buy that ring/” and he goes on that like for some time, you get the picture.
Justin also didn’t try to “clean up” the song. When he covered Drakes “Trust Issues” he took out all the cussing and alcohol references, but I’m so glad he kept in Lil Waynes line, “But I admire your poppin’ bottles and dippin’/Just as much as you admire bartending and strippin’”
Bieber’s growing up y’all.