Justin Bieber has called "Boyfriend," the first single from his forthcoming album Believe, "hater-proof." But how can a song that begins with Bieber rapping in his thickest patois about his "swag" not be hater-bait? With a taut, funky beat by Mason D. Levy and Mike Posner and a lyric that mixes kiddie-movie references ("I could be your Buzz Lightyear"), chivalry ("I can be a gentleman") and hip-hop braggadocio ("Chillin' by the fire while we eatin' fondue"), the song is expertly calculated to ease the Biebs' transition from tweenpop dreamboat to post-tweenpop dreamboat. The subtext is clear: Justin Has Actually Had Sexual Intercourse – But He Won't Harm Your Nine-Year-Old. "Hater-proof"? Try foolproof.
Listen to Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend":
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