Lil’ Wayne’s ‘How to Love,’ a sweet song about self-esteem and redemption, was a departure for the normally gritty rapper — such a departure that even reed-voiced tween sensation Justin Bieber recorded a version of it himself. 

Fortunately, the Biebs didn’t take too much artistic license and stayed true to the original melody and melancholy tone of the track. But of course this is Justin Bieber we’re talking about, so the finished product could easily pass for a boy-band single. (And he still sounds like the Canadian white boy he is when he raps.)

Nevertheless, Justin posted it to Twitter as a birthday gift to Lil’ Wayne on Wednesday, saying, “trying to sleep. until then happy birthday @LilTunechi.”

Have a listen to the original and then to the remake and see what you think:

[via Los Angeles Times]