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Album: Justice (2021)
Charted: 68

Songfacts®:

  • Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere

    Justin Bieber begins his Justice album with an excerpt from Martin Luther King Jr.'s Letter from Birmingham Jail. King drafted the letter four days after his arrest on April 12, 1963, during the Birmingham campaign advocating for civil rights and an end to segregation in Birmingham, Alabama. He wrote it in response to "A Call for Unity," a statement made by eight white Alabama clergymen against King and his methods, following his arrest. Letter from Birmingham Jail became one of the most-anthologized statements of the African-American Civil Rights Movement.

    Later on in the album, Bieber devotes a nearly two-minute track, "MLK Interlude," to a speech the civil rights icon gave at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta in November 1967. Bieber told Vogue that he wanted to "amplify Martin Luther King Jr.'s voice to this generation," as he felt the message resonates in today's climate.
  • By starting the record with a MLK quote, we wonder if Justice is going to be a political album. We quickly learn the answer is no, as this song gives way to a piano-led romantic love letter to Hailey Baldwin. Bieber's model wife continues to serve as his lyrical muse for much of the album. "I'm a hopeless romantic. This is one of those songs where I get to talk about how much I love my wife," he grinned to Vogue regarding this song.
  • Bieber wrote the song with ldae Long, Eskeerdo, Gian Stone, Freddy Wexler, and the track's producers, Skrillex and Josh Gudwin. Bieber and Skrillex have worked together on several previous occasions, including "Where Are U Now," which earned the Biebs his first Grammy Award (Best Dance Recording).
  • Bieber said in a preview of Justice that this song contains his favorite line from the album: "I don't wanna fall asleep, I'd rather fall in love."

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