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Justin Bieber’s lyrics analysed for Shawn Mendes beef

By | Published on Monday 30 July 2018

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DJ Khaled has released a new track, ‘No Brainer’, which features vocals from Chance The Rapper, Migos’s Quavo and one Justin Bieber. It’s a partial reunion of the guest list that appeared on last year’s ‘I’m The One’ – missing only Lil Wayne. But what people seem to be most interested in is what Bieber’s lyrics on the track may or may not have to say about Shawn Mendes.

Mendes, you see, is the ex-boyfriend of Bieber’s fiancée Hailey Baldwin. I mean, maybe. Mendes and Baldwin’s rumoured relationship was a hot topic in gossip columns and on social media, although they regularly maintained that they were just friends. Then last month Baldwin and Bieber officially got back together, having split up in 2016, promptly getting engaged.

Anyway, now I’ve infected your brain with all this nonsense too, here’s the latest development. On this new DJ Khaled track, Bieber sings “You stick out of the crowd, baby, it’s a no-brainer / It ain’t that hard to choose / Him or me, be for real, baby, it’s a no-brainer”.

So, obviously what he’s saying there is that Hailey Baldwin is so good looking that his decision to chose her as a potential mate is pretty simple. However, she has another suitor, and she must chose between the two of them. That said, Bieber is clearly the better option, so her decision, like his, should be taken in an instant in his favour.

Of course it might also be that the lyrics are super generic and don’t really mean anything at all. I mean, they sort of relate back to the track ‘I’m The One’, which came out over a year ago, and also sees Bieber pleading with a girl to select him over all others. So maybe it’s just a continuation of a theme deemed relatable to consumers.

But the possibility of it being a genuine dig at Mendes is a better story, I guess. And there are other lines that hint at animosity between the two singers. For example, “Pop the top, drop-top, baby it’s a no-brainer” is obviously a dig at Mendes’s famous clumsiness when opening jars.

Anyway, the track is taken from DJ Khaled’s new album ‘Father Of Asahd’, which came out on Friday. Here’s the video for ‘No Brainer’: