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"Runaway Love"
Song by Justin Bieber featuring Usher
from the album My World 2.0
FormatDigital download
GenreR&B, disco, teen pop
Length3:33
LabelIsland, RBMG
Songwriter(s)Bieber Melvin Hough II, Rivelino Wouter, Timothy Thomas, Theron Thomas
Producer(s)Mel & Mus

"Runaway Love" is a song performed by Canadian recording artist Justin Bieber, included as a track on his first studio album, My World 2.0, which was released on March 19, 2010. It was written by Bieber, Rivelino Wouter, Timothy Thomas, Theron Thomas, and Melvin Hough II, with the latter producing the track.

Background[edit | edit source]

Composition and reception[edit | edit source]

"Runaway Love" is a mid tempo R&B and disco song which was described by Jody Rosen of Rolling Stone as "lush" and "sauntering."[1] Luke O'Neil of Boston Globe said the track contains a Jackson 5 "disco groove."[2] According to Monica Herrera of Billboard, the song recalls Janet Jackson's "Runaway" and Justin Timberlake's "Rock Your Body."[3] Jon Caramanica of The New York Times found a "winning amalgam" of New Edition and Depeche Mode's "Policy of Truth."[4] Rosen recommended the song as "a perfect summer single."[1] Andy Kellman of AllMusic noted "Runaway Love" as one of the standout tracks from My World 2.0.[5]

Kanye West remix[edit | edit source]

"Runaway Love (Kanye West remix)"
Song by Justin Bieber featuring Kanye West and Raekwon
from the album Never Say Never: The Remixes
FormatDigital download
GenreR&B, disco, hip-hop
Length4:47
LabelIsland, RBMG
Songwriter(s)Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Corey Woods, Melvin Hough II, Rivelino Wouter, Timothy Thomas, Theron Thomas, Bieber, Dalvin DeGrate, Donald DeGrate, Dennis Coles, Robert Diggs, Gary Grice, Lamont Hawkins, Isaac Hayes, Jason Hunter, Russell Jones, David Porter, Clifford Smith
Producer(s)Kanye West

"Runaway Love" was remixed with new production and vocals from rappers Kanye West and Raekwon. While the remix officially premiered online on August 30, 2011, this version was released as the official remix to the song, being included on the album Never Say Never: The Remixes, which was released on February 10, 2011.

Background[edit | edit source]

When you got these kinda talents merging together to do something exciting, I think it's something that's gonna make the fans check it out. I'm big fans of both of these guys. I think, at the end of the day, shorty is a sensation. And [for him] to acknowledge me it makes me feel good that the young generation is checkin' me out like that. And at the same time it gives me a position to play a big brother in the game. He wants my assistance or whatever, he can get it. I respect him, I like his style. And we gon' make a hit. Justin got his own fanbase and me and Yeezy got our own fanbase and we gon' make it happen. We gon' make a good record [sic].

— Raekwon on the "Runaway Love" remix[6]

On August 15, 2010, American hip-hop artist Kanye West tweeted that he was recently listening to Bieber's music, particularly "Runaway Love", stating that he had listened to the song over 10 times, and ironically had a song called "Runaway" on his album as well. [7] Bieber responded with "It's not a so what moment for me. I'm 16 and a fan. I'm kinda hyped u are listening to my stuff. Thank u. Nice sunday morning." [sic][7] West then proposed on the social networking site that he, Bieber, and Raekwon of the Wu-Tang Clan work on a track together.[7] He also pointed out how Raekwon had appeared on tracks of some of his favorite songs, and recommended the possibility of he and the Wu-Tang Clan rapper appearing on "Runaway Love."[7] Bieber said that the collaboration would be "epic" and he was "living the dream" through this conversation.[7] Mawuze Ziegbe of MTV News said that "Melding the gritty, boom-bap sounds of Raekwon with the cheery soulful pop of Justin Bieber and the genre-straddling jams of Kanye West might appear challenging."[7]

A few days later on August 18, 2010, Raekwon confirmed to XXL that the collaboration would in fact take place.[6] According to the rapper, he was alerted by his Twitter followers that Bieber and West had brought him up for a collaboration idea. The collaboration took place over the course of the following two days.[8] Charlie Wilson, Mos Def, Akon, and Chris Rock were present in the studio for the recording.[8] Raekwon said that Bieber and West created a "movement" and that "a lot of people want to see what could be the outcome to this remix. It's definitely a hot remix."[8] When talking to MTV News, Raekwon made an emphasis on how his contribution to the song was friendly to Bieber's audience, saying that he definitely didn't give Bieber anything he thought was too "hot" to be spoken on by a 16-year-old.[8] He said, "I know how to read beats, and listening to the record, I just complemented."[8] According to Raekwon, it also sparked ideas for future collaborations between the three.[8]

West tweeted on August 19 that the remix was being completed and called Raekwon's verse "crazy."[9] It premiered online on August 30, 2010.[10]

Composition and critical reception[edit | edit source]

The remix version of the song adds hip-hop to the song, sampling the Wu-Tang Clan's "Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuthing ta Fuck Wit" from their debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) (1993).

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Rosen, Jody (2010-03-22). "My World 2.0 : Justin Bieber : Review". Rolling Stone. Jann S. Wenner. Album Reviews. Retrieved 2012-03-21.
  2. O'Neil, Luke (2010-03-29). "Justin Bieber My World 2.0". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2012-03-31.
  3. Herrera, Monica (2010-04-09). "Justin Bieber, "My World 2.0"". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2012-03-31.
  4. Caramanica, Jon (2010-03-21). "Justin Bieber – My World 2.0 – Album Review". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-03-31.
  5. "My World 2.0 – Justin Bieber". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-03-31.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Kaufman, Gil (2010-08-18). "Justin Bieber/ Kanye West Collabo Is 'Gonna Happen,' Raekwon Says". MTV News. MTV Networks. Retrieved 2011-04-01.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 Ziegbe, Mawuze (2010-08-15). "Justin Bieber, Kanye West Tweet About Possible Collaboration". MTV News. MTV Networks. Retrieved 2012-03-31.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 Reid, Shaheem (2010-08-19). "Exclusive: Raekwon Talks Finished Justin Bieber Remix With Kanye West". MTV News. MTV Networks. Retrieved 2012-04-01.
  9. Vena, Jocelyn (2010-08-19). "Kanye West Tweets Status Of Justin Bieber Remix". MTV News. MTV Networks. Retrieved 2011-04-01.
  10. Rodriguez, Jayson (2010-08-30). "Kanye West Drops Justin Bieber 'Runaway Love' Remix". MTV News. MTV Networks. Retrieved 2012-04-01.


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