Fresh off the airing of his Comedy Central Roast, Justin Bieber sat down with USA Today for an exclusive interview. Focusing on his yet-to-be-released LP and “growing up” as of late, Bieber revealed in the piece that he has been working with both Kanye West and Rick Rubin on the upcoming album, scrapping a bevy of already completed works in favor of a complete overhaul. Said Bieber:

My whole direction has changed. What you are thinking about all the time is what you write, and now that I’m thinking about more positive things, it completely changes my music. I had to re-do my whole (new) album. It was done, but it didn’t match up to where I am now and where my head’s at. I want to tell my story, but I also want to give people hope. I lost hope for a while, I was in a dark place, but it’s about getting out of that rut. It’s about knowing there’s sunshine on the other side.

You can check out the entirety of the interview over at USA Today‘s website while highlights from the aforementioned Roast can be seen on Comedy Central’s YouTube channel.