Justin Bieber Collaborates On A Christmas Song With Boyz II Men Called “Falalalala”
When Justin Bieber started working on his Christmas album of all original songs earlier this month, he quickly realized that the greatest gift he could give would be to himself.
The 17-year-old has long been a fan of the original “Motown-Philly” super boy band Boyz II Men and when he heard the track “Falalalala,” he knew it would be the perfect reason to collaborate with his idols. “He thought we’d be perfect for it,” Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men stated in the interview below with MTV News. “And we went in and locked in.”
After laying down the track in the studio with his mentors, Justin went on a Twitter rampage, singing the praises of the trio. ”2day i woke up and realized that the group that made me want to sing @BoyzIIMen are now on the Christmas album singing with me. #DREAMBIG,” he tweeted. “I used 2 listen to their music and practice the runs. That is how I learned how to sing. now I’m in the studio with them making music 2gether. I’m telling you…never say never…never stop dreaming….never give up. #DREAMBIG. @BoyzIIMen I’m honored and blessed. Thank u.”
Shawn and Justin formed a bromance while working in the studio together. After their session, The Sing-Off host tweeted: “We got love for u lil bro!! Thank YOU, and Thanx for everything u do for ur fans!! I KNOW they appreciate it.”
Ironically when Boyz II Men were first introduced to the Biebs, they were clueless to his identity. “We met him in the hotel, at the Le Montrose, in L.A. and the dude, he had a cast on at the time,” Wanya Morris admitted. “And he stepped up and said, ‘Oh my God! Boyz II Men, you’re my favorite group!’ And we’re like, ‘Oh, OK,’ and at the time, we didn’t know who he was. He was a new dude. And the next thing you know, he’s huge. And I’m like, ‘That’s the same guy!’”
Bieber is now poised to expose Boyz II Men to an entirely new generation filled with tweens who were not even born when the R&B quartet (now a trio) ruled the charts. In the 90s, Bieber was forbidden to sing the mature, sexually charged songs of the group.
“He told us his mom didn’t want him to sing ‘I’ll Make Love to You,’ so he’d sneak and go sing it somewhere,” Wanya said in the MTV interview. “It’s also good to know we’ve influenced such a good artist. It’s something that makes us feel we’ve accomplished [something and] we’re doing our job, [that] a guy so young and so into his craft [is] influenced by three guys from Philadelphia that love to sing.”
He might not have been able to sing “I’ll Make Love To You” back then, but he sure knows how to sing “On Bended Knee” now. Listen to the Biebs and the Boyz in perfect harmony below at NYC’s Madison Square Garden.