The Biebs. He’s a polarizing figure to many people who truly should not care. Do you hate Justin Bieber? Are you over the age of twenty? Do you also hate eating baby food? Why are you eating it, then? It was not made for you. Bieber is a teen star created in a lab with one goal: Stealing your allowance. The only ill will you should have (unless you still receive an allowance, but you are not my target demographic so disregard this post entirely) related to The Biebs should be a disdain for the incorporation of music as a whole. Suggested reading for today’s post would be Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.
Okay, enough about Bieber himself. This song is not that bad. Sure, it’s nothing mindblowing, but J.B.’s parts are in all honesty fine (I even caught myself singing along to the Lo-lo-lo-lo-love parts)… it’s this clown Big Sean who slaps you in the face with stupidity halfway through the track. He fails right out the gate with “I don’t know if this makes sense, but you’re my Hallelujah.” You’re right, Big Sean, it doesn’t make sense, so why did you say it? His verse is full of other deepities: “The grass ain’t always greener on the other side, It’s green where you water it” and the cake topper: “Us, Trust… a couple of things I can’t spell without ‘U'” That last one, I believe, is just a coverup for the fact that he actually didn’t know how to spell any other words. That brings me to my main gripe with Sean; his words further entrench in the shared psyche of the impressionable youth who are listening to Bieber a sentiment of anti-intellectualism. This message is repeated quite often in popular culture these days. The idea that it’s okay to act stupid, that even trying to better yourself through learning and growing is not cool. I’m here to try and put a stop to that ideology, so without further ado…
First we have Justin Bieber’s love song (A) followed by Big Sean’s idea that ignorance is bliss (B).
(A) Elton John – Your Song
(B) Kendrick Lamar – Ignorance is Bliss (the F word is in this song, sorry Mom)