Justin Bieber and Chance the Rapper team up again for their pop-gospel anthem, “Holy,”  on September 18 via Def Jam Recordings. 

While their last collaboration, “Confident” was more on the hip-hop genre of music, “Holy” is a hybrid of gospel and pop. The pair described how their wives help them keep faith in their relationship and God.

In the first verse of the song, Bieber sings “But I might go down to the river/Cause the way that the sky opens up when we touch.” He refers to getting baptized due to God being in his presence when he and his wife are together. 

In the second verse of the song, Bieber states the things that he doesn’t believe in, but when he’s with his wife, that changes and he has faith in things again. He sings, “I don’t believe in nirvana/But the way that we love in the night gave me life.” 

In the bridge of the song, Bieber calls out his doubters of his relationship with his wife, he sings, “They say we’re too young and/the pimps and the players say, “Don’t go crushin’”/Wise men say fools rush in.” 

Chance the Rapper’s verse reiterates the need for faith and his optimism in his own relationship. Being that both Bieber and Chance the Rapper are both Christians, it makes for the perfect collaboration for this type of song.

The song closes with the chorus to show that Bieber is keeping the faith as well.

 This song is a very easy and quick listen, which caters to short attention spans, but it can get repetitive. Overall, Justin Bieber and Chance the Rapper delivered a catchy pop-gospel hit that’s sure to move people. 


Image courtesy of Colin Tilley and Justin Bieber



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