You know ChiSide can’t complete its comeback without a little love for The Weeknd right? Mr. Tesfaye dropped the unexpected visuals for (in my opinion) one of his best tracks, “Wicked Games”. If you’re a Weeknd enthusiast, you’ll notice a slight difference in the instrumental, as it’s the mastered version fans will expect to see on The Weeknd’s forthcoming album, Trilogy, scheduled to drop November 13. Tracklist after the jump. Continue reading
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The Weeknd’s House of Balloons: Video Mixtape by Deaupe
Caught this on GoWhereHipHop and couldn’t pass this up. The guys over at Deaupe created a video mashup of The Weeknd’s House of Balloons mixtape. Here is what they have to say:
First of all. This is not an official video for ‘The Weeknd’. I repeat. This is not an official video for ‘The Weeknd’.
A few months ago, after I heard the mixtape, me and my buddy Fabio came up with an idea to shoot a ‘video mixtape’, our visual interpretation of the mixtape. No budget. No money, just the love for music and videography. Since we actually never heard of ‘video mixtapes’ (don’t even know what to call it, haa!), we just went with the flow and actually learned a lot during the process. The mix was made by DJ Fullscale, thanks a million! I also want to thank Hakim and Sanne for giving up their free time to help out with this project!
Pretty ‘deaupe’ video if you ask me. But I highly doubt The Weeknd will like it (this was a retweet by him), though.
Down below are a few fan made videos for “What You Need” and “High for This”
Artist Spotlight: The Weeknd
Sorry for missing yesterday’s song of the day, folks! Hopefully today’s artist spotlight will make it up to you (it should). Today’s artist spotlight is the mysterious R&B singer The Weeknd. The Weeknd is not a group or collab as many believe, but a lone 20-year-old from Toronto. Like former spotlighted artist Frank Ocean, The Weeknd has made significant waves from his single mixtape that he has released, titled House of Balloons (available for download below).
The Weeknd takes samples from a variety of genres from artists like Beach House (“Loft Music”) and Siouxsie and the Branshiees (House of Balloons/Glass Table Girls) to create a unique electro hip-hop and indie vibe. The Weeknd also combines synths and heavy bass to add even more distinction to his sensual lyrics.
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Much of The Weeknd’s fame has come from a co-sign from Young Money artist Drake. Drake has recently been tweeting lyrics from The Weeknd’s “Wicked Games”. There have also been rumors that Drake’s producer, Noah “40” Shebib, worked on House of Balloons. The rumors were quickly dispelled by The Weeknd himself via twitter.
What does The Weeknd sound like? In my opinion, he combines the best of Drake’s R&B voice and lyrics with those of The-Dream. Some songs give you a classic 90s R&B vibe while others will give off a futuristic and indie feel. It’s no stretch to say that The Weeknd and Frank Ocean can reshape R&B music in dramatic fashion.
But how much of an impact can The Weeknd really make on the R&B scene? After all, there are no guarantees that The Weeknd will grow as an artist. House of Balloons is a fantastic debut mixtape, but there is still room for improvement. Do classic R&B fans really dig the new indie-R&B fusion that The Weeknd brings to the table? Or is this just a fad of 2011 that will soon disappear into darkness? Frank Ocean and The Weeknd certainly are giving fans something to talk about, but let’s see if they can actually permeate that talk rather than become afterthoughts like many artists have become. Give the tape a listen and let me know what you think.
Click here to download House of Balloons.