While Justin Bieber has had his famous friends publicly counting down the days until he releases his highly anticipated new single, “What Do You Mean?” he’s hopped on a collaboration with burgeoning artists Kehlani and Khalil. Listen to the smooth “Future” below.
Produced by Rex Kudo and Charlie Handsome, Khalil’s track is mostly a duet between Bieber and Kehlani, who both croon softly over acoustic guitars. “Baby, there’s a future / Such a great future / See what the future holds,” the young pair sing in the chorus.
Khalil, who does not appear on the track until the end, released the song on his SoundCloud late Friday evening. Since then, however, the song has been taken down. No word on when the track will be officially released as a single by the rising R&B star.
Bieber’s next solo single will be released on August 28th, following a lengthy social media rollout. Various singers and celebrities have posted videos and photos on Twitter of them holding up signs counting down each day until the track’s release.
The pop star’s feature on Jack Ü’s single “Where Are Ü Now” has become a massive hit this summer, helping keep Bieber at the top of the charts. Recently, he’s been teasing his upcoming LP, his first official album since 2012’s Believe, though he released a compilation in Journals that saw him veering towards a more mature R&B sound.
In a recent interview with Martha Stewart for Interview Magazine, he noted that Rick Rubin, Kanye West and Skrillex were contributing significantly to the as-yet-untitled album.