Remember those Justin Bieber and Kehlani new song snippets that we first heard in May? As it turns out, the lead artist is actually Bieber’s pal Khalil on a track titled “Future.”
According to HotNewHipHop, Khalil is gearing up to drop a new EP later this year called Long Way From 916, and the just over two minutes song which arrived Friday is his jam featuring Kehlani and Justin Bieber.
Co-produced by Rex Kudo and Charlie Handsome, “Future” is a softly pulsing R&B song that allows each artist space to shine then weaves the vocals of its two biggest stars.
Listen to the Khalil “Future Ft. Kehlani & Justin Bieber” below.
Khalil kicks off, singing, “Such a great future / Oh, baby we’ll see what the future holds for us oh no,” over a looped acoustic guitar, before the Biebs ushers in the first verse on the drop.
“When it’s raining it’s pouring / How do I always end up the enemy? / How do I wake up in the morning? / When you’re not right next to me / How could we throw it all away / Guess I’ll move on to better days,” the heartthrob croons about a breakup and the possibility of a brighter tomorrow.
Things get a tad more optimistic on the chorus as Justin muses, “Maybe there’s a future / Such a great future / See what the future holds / Maybe, yes, next time / What if there’s no next time / I don’t know what future knows / Future x4 / Live in the moment/ You will enjoy it.”
Kehlani then laments, “When our love has been broken / We can barely even speak / One minute was so rare/ the next we’re knocked right off our feet /How did we throw it all away/ Guess we’ll move on to better days.”
At this point, the Bay Area songstress and Canadian superstar intertwine over the chorus with a little help from Khalil at the end, before the brief vamp out over the title.
Justin worked with “Time For Bed” singer Khalil on his A Long Story Short mixtape. As yet, it’s not clear how the Justin Bieber, Kehlani, Khalil trinity came together, but we’re certainly glad it did.
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