This R&B Vet Helped Justin Bieber Write Most Of 'Purpose'

Poo Bear linked JB to R&B.

If you look at the credits for Justin Bieber’s new album Purposewhich we did — you’ll notice one name shows up often: Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd. He wrote on 12 of the LP’s 18 tracks and he's been working extensively with The Biebs for the last couple of years.

They met in Jan. 2013 at a Lil Twist recording session. At the time, Poo Bear -- who previously worked with Usher, Chris Brown, 112 and Kelly Rowland -- was working with the young MC who was JB's friend, according to The New York Times.

So, if it wasn't for that chance encounter at a rap recording session, perhaps this musical marriage would have never happened. After this, Biebs and the R&B vet Bear became friends and later collaborators, crafting tracks like “What Do You Mean?” and “Where Are Ü Now.” Yep, smashes.

But beyond the musical accomplishments lies a friendship. Bieber isn't afraid to celebrate Poo, something that has been refreshing for Boyd.

“I’m just used to working harder than everybody and other people taking the credit,” Bear told The Times today. “Justin is the first person — literally — to bring my name up and say we did this album together. I feel like he appreciates me and I never really felt appreciated before."

Their mutual appreciation has allowed them to craft one of the year's most anticipated LPs and now Purpose is about to arrive. The album is set to feature a bulk of songwriting from Boyd and some more rap influences as Nas and Travi$ Scott are listed on its writing credits.

Are you ready for Purpose?

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