For the record, it's not that I dislike the music of Slipknot. I suppose they're fine, but I honestly just don't know if I've ever been angry enough about anything to really want to listen to a song like "Psychosocial."
I'm just not that fucking mad about things, you know?
As for Justin Bieber, I don't know what kind of mood you have to be in to willingly seek out his music as an adult, but it's one I've never been in. I mean, I saw the Biebs in concert once, but it was just for work. Beyond that, his songs have never interested me much. It's probably because I'm not a child.
So even in terms of why I don't count myself a fan, both acts are miles away from each other. Somehow, though, when they come together, they produce something beautiful.
That miracle of modern music machinery is called "Psychosocial Baby," and it is goddamn magic. It takes the overly aggressive lyrics of Slipknot and combines them with the bullshit pop music of Justin Bieber, and just like that, everything that's wrong is right. The inherent flaws of each act wash away in a sea of grown men screaming about their feelings while some faceless Swedish pop producers wail on a synthesizer version of every instrument. It's kind of like a McDonald's cheeseburger. The individual parts aren't that great, but when you get them all in one place, it's completely and totally good enough.
Jump in at around the 2:12 mark, when the guest verse from Ludacris starts, and you'll spend that entire section of the video wholly unaware that it's anything other than the Justin Bieber song he originally appeared on.