Posts tagged ‘justin bieber’

December 6, 2011

Music Tuesday: Drummer Boy

OK, there are a lot of posts I want to write, including some book reviews and all of my intense thoughts about the Breaking Dawn movie. But those are going to have to wait until I’m finished with this semester of grad school.

For now, let me just say that I have been listening to Justin Bieber’s Christmas album a lot.

First of all, his voice changed?! When did that happen?

Second of all, he has a song called “Drummer Boy” and Busta Rhymes raps in the middle of it and it’s amazing. I cannot even put into words how much enjoyment I have gotten out of this song.

I would like, if I may, to quote Busta Rhymes’s rap in its entirety:

Lemme get straight to it. Yo.
At the table with the family, havin’ dinner,
Blackberry on our hip and then it gave a little flicker.
Then I took a look to see before it activates the ringer;
Came to realize my homie Bieber hit me on the Twitter.
Then I hit him back despite I had some food up on my finger,
Sippin’ eggnog with a little sprinkle of vanilla,
Even though it’s kinda cold, pullin’ out a chinchilla,
Bieber hit me back and said, “Let’s make it hot up in the winter.”
I said, “Cool.” Ya know Imma deliver,
Let’s collaborate and make the holiday a little bigger.
Before we work I gotta get this off,
See the other family members and drop gifts off.
Then I’m headed to the studio cause ain’t nothing stopping how
You know we bout to turn it up and really get it poppin’ now.
People everywhere and all our Twitter followers,
“Merry Christmas, Kwanza, happy Hanukkah!”

GOD. THAT IS ART. What part do I like best? How Busta Rhymes’s phone apparently rings whenever he gets a tweet? How Busta Rhymes tweets at the dinner table despite having food on his finger? How Busta Rhymes wears chinchilla fur to stay warm? How Busta Rhymes wishes all of his Twitter followers warm holiday greetings?

How can I decide, it’s all so good. I’d also like to give a shout-out to my favorite part of Bieber’s rap:

It’s crazy how some people say, say they don’t care,
When there’s people on the street with no food; it’s not fair.
It’s about time for you to act merrily;
It’s about time for you to give to charity.
Rarely do people even wanna help at all,
‘Cause they warm by the fire, getting toys and their dolls.
Not thinking there’s a family out hungry and cold,
Wishin’ wishin’ that they had somebody they could hold.
So I think some of you need to act bold;
Give a can to a drive, let’s change the globe.

I actually just un-ironically love that part. It’s the complete opposite of John Mayer’s “Waiting for the World To Change,” which is probably my least favorite song of all time. Tell ’em, Bieber. Start a canned food drive! Save the world! Don’t wait for it to change! HOLLA!

September 26, 2011

Music Monday: Never Say Never

So when people find out that I am an adult lady who enjoys tween and teen pop, I’m often asked, “Well, what do you think about Justin Bieber?” Thank you for asking that question, even if I didn’t appreciate your tone!

Peace, Biebs

I resisted the Bieber for a long time. He was just too… too silly. Too young. Too shiny. Sure, I like pop music, but Justin Bieber? I draw the line there, thank you very much.

Then, summer of 2010, I found myself working at Girl Scout camp. We started the day off with a “morning radio show” where we gave announcements and played some music to start the day while they ate breakfast. I was the DJ, and my number one request was Justin Bieber.

“No, sorry, I don’t have that song. How about… Hannah Montana?”

(Dramatic sigh)

It was clear that I would have to get my hands on some Bieber. For the children. So I downloaded “Baby” and burned it to CD. It very quickly grew on me and most of the other counselors. Our favorite part, though, was Ludacris’s rap in the middle. We all tried our best to learn this rap, but we’re white Girl Scouts and it did not go too well for us. From memory, here is how Ludacris’s rap goes:

When I was 13

I had my first love

There was nobody who could compare to my baby

…. sent from above?

She had me going crazy

Yeah, I was starstruck

She woke me up daily

Don’t need no Starbucks

I see her at school and on the playground

But I really wanna see her on the weekend

I’m pretty sure I missed a few lines. But still, can we just talk about how hilarious it is that Ludacris is rapping about seeing his 13-year-old love on the playground? So good, right?

Completely ludicrous

Anyway, so that summer, Justin Bieber (and his rapper pals) grew on me to the extent that when his movie Never Say Never came out, I went to see it with my friend Anna. We kind of were expecting to watch it and laugh at it. But the joke was on us, because we both cried at it. It was honestly, truly, a very good and moving film. Interspersed with some great pop music. I swear. Bieber is actually a super talented kid, arguably more talented than most of his singles display.

Check out U Smile, featuring Boyz II Men:

It’s so pretty! I swear.

But probably my favorite part of the Never Say Never movie was his performance of the song Never Say Never, featuring a rap by Jaden Smith, who is like, seven years old or something. (Okay, I just checked: he’s 13, so would have been 11 or 12 in the movie.)

No pun intended, was raised by the power of Will
Like Luke with the Force, when push comes to shove
Like Kobe in the 4th, ice water for blood
I gotta be the best, and yes
We’re the flyest
Like David and Goliath
I conquered the giant
So now I got the world in my hand
I was born from two stars
So the moon’s where I land

Oh Jaden, I see what you did there! Get it? Raised by the power of Will? Amazing. It’s an interesting juxtaposition, too–Jaden is basically rapping about how he can do whatever he wants because his parents are both celebrities. Justin, meanwhile, has a legitimately rags-to-riches story. He’s the son of a low-income teenage single mom. But she NEVER SAID NEVER and now look at him, outshining Will Smith’s son. Well played.

September 19, 2011

Music Monday: Eenie Meenie

This summer, Sean Kingston made the news by getting into a Jet-Ski accident in Miami. Don’t even worry about it, he has made a full recovery. But I remember clearly hearing this news with some friends, and they all said “Who?”

Um, duh, the “Eenie Meenie” guy. You know. With Justin Bieber? Oh, sorry, I forgot you guys all think you are too old to listen to Justin Bieber. Whatever.

This particular video has over 48 million views on YouTube, so somebody is listening to it.

By the way, I should warn you–if you click that link, here is what will be in your head for at least the next three days:

You can’t make up your mind, mind, mind, mind, mind
Please don’t waste my time, time, time, time, time

This is fine. Embrace it.