After plenty of bad press and a couple run-ins with the law, Justin Bieber has been focused on reshaping his image lately.
It's one of the reasons that he subjected himself to Comedy Central's roast this week, and it's a shift that will be evident in his music.
"My whole direction has changed," Biebs recently told USA Today. "What you are thinking about all the time is what you write, and now that I'm thinking about more positive things, it completely changes my music. I had to re-do my whole [new] album. It was done but it didn't match up to where I am now and where my head's at. I want to tell my story, but I also want to give people hope. I lost hope for a while, I was in a dark place, but it's about getting out of that rut. It's about knowing there's sunshine on the other side."
As for that redone album? He'll be working with two hip-hop greats.
"I'm finishing up the album now, working with Kanye [West] and Rick [Rubin]," he revealed. "I'm not rushing it, I'll just wait until it's totally done."
This won't be the first time JB and Yeezy have worked together (not to mention when they hung out in Ibiza last year). The two worked on the "Runaway Love" remix back in late 2010 -- an experience which he told MTV News about the next year.
“He’s such a cool guy, and he’s just really laid back and just nice, and at the end of the day, he’s just a nice person,” Bieber said of 'Ye.
We haven't heard about when we can expect the album, but the 21-year-old did talk a bit about what the songs themselves will touch on.
"About growing, being in touch with yourself," he said. "What can I say, it's life experiences, and knowing that you can and get back up and keep going. Hope and faith, that's what's gotten me through this, too: my faith."
"I don't want to say 'it's different,' because that's what everyone says. But it is different, it's a grown-up version of Justin and I think people will be shocked."