Fonzworth Bentley, a longtime associate of Kanye West, recently revealed that there was more to West’s song “Ultralight Beam,” from his The Life of Pablo album, than originally thought. According to Bentley, Justin Bieber actually had vocals on the record but they did not make the final cut. He spoke candidly about the creative process sharing:
I called Poo Bear, who’s from College Park and wrote a lot of Justin Bieber’s album,” Bentley said. “And he was with Justin at the time. I’m from Atlanta, Poo Bear is from Atlanta — so Poo Bear comes up and catches the vibe. Justin hops on the phone and is like, ‘Tell Yeezy whatever he needs I got it.’ So Justin comes through and we vibed on that. And then Ye went right in. Ye was like, ‘Let’s all catch a freestyle.
He eventually went on to share that Bieber sang an acapella for the popular tune.
In his freestyle he said, ‘This is an ultralight beam.” Bentley recalled. “He sings that and was singing the melody. Then Chance catches the vibe. A lot of what ended up in his verse was from this freestyle—as far as his patterns and some of the words. There weren’t that many words, more so vibes and patterns. Then Justin got on the mic and sang some acapella. It was free flow. It was creativity. It was about 8 in the morning at this point. Ye had a bed set up at the studio and so he would usually take a nap for an hour or an hour-and-a-half, go to the gym, and then come right out.
With the music world being the way it currently is, it won’t be too much of a surprise if the version with Bieber’s vocals eventually make their way onto the web.