Do you know those songs you hear on the radio that sound like a million other songs? Yeah. This is one of those.
I admit (even though I never really liked his music) that Beiber's a talented kid. But he's had better music than this. The best part of this song is the name - "Beauty and a Beat" - that is kinda creative by playing off of the story "Beauty and the Beast." I guess that's kind of clever.
However, the rhythm's nothing new, and the lyrics dull "Body rock/ girl I can feel you body rock/ eh eh eh." Really? How many times have we heard THAT? Also, the melody is... sucky. Yeah, that's the word. When Beiber sings, "All that I need/ Is a beauty and a beat/ That would make my life complete." the Beiber's vocals aren't powerful, or clever, or mischevious... it feels like he's just singing like it was a chore he had to do, and did it with no emotion. Also, Minaj's rapping part was mediocre - no clever twist of phrase, no engaging beat or rhythm, no anything that makes it worth it.
The redeemable qualities here are that one can observe Beiber targeting an older age group for his music, which shows that he's maturing. Or maybe he's keeping up with the maturity level of his fans because he realized that they are growing and that their music tastes ar changing? Hmm... I would like to see where he goes with his career. Also, while I personally don't like this song, this is one of those light, fluffy tracks that some kids and adults will enjoy while bored in the car. Hopefully next time Beiber will try a little harder.