Justin Bieber Meets Blink-182, Drake, Sum 41 & More on Captain Cuts' Emo Mixtape: Listen

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Justin Bieber is spotted at The Grove after leaving Barnes and Noble in Los Angeles, California.

If you're one of those modern music existentialists asking "What is genre?" the new mixtape by Los Angeles production trio Captain Cuts stands to either confirm your "no labels" point of view or throw you into a 180-spin that suddenly cuts strict lines between what's what. 

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The If You're Listening It's Never Too Late mixtape seamlessly blends a wide array of styles, mixing Drake, Blink-182, Justin Bieber, All American Rejects, Adele, Sum 41, Fetty Wap and more over 30 minutes of emo-meets-pop mind-melting 15-track mashup. It's at once totally "WTF?" and then also perfect for products of the 2000's emo boom, perhaps still a bit ashamed of their past or just generally eager to relive it. 

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As emo makes a resurgence, the trio's Ben Berger, Ryan McMahon and Ryan Rabin have found a home DJing at the local Los Angeles party night Taking Back Tuesday. While they spend most their time writing songs for pop acts like Halsey and Walk the Moon (Rabin also plays drums in Grouplove), their expertise shows on IYLINTL through remarkably adept transitions between Fall Out Boy's "Dance Dance" and Bieber's "Children" to make "Dance Dance Children" and, later, Drake's "Hotline Bling" and Say Anything's "Wow, I Can Get Sexual Too" to make "Wow I Can Get Hotline Bling," among other new-meets-not-so-old hits. 

Listen to If You're Listening It's Never Too Late here:


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