Exclusive: The Weeknd Gets Props from Wiz Khalifa, Linkin Park, & Juicy J
Mon, 06 Jul 2015 08:54:32
The ultimate 21st century R&B superhero receives big ups from numerous peers and admirers across music.
The Weeknd's impact is like that of a great movie. It's discussed the way you talk about True Detective or argue the meaning of Blade Runner. He's got that incredible voice and mind-blowing songs, but they engender something deeper and darker that's up for conversation. He's provocative, but what he provokes the most is thought with all of the nocturnal imagery, futurism, and ponderous, pensive darkness. Simply put, he's everything that pop culture needed and more. He's the thinking man's superstar, really making him more of a superhero. Just listen to "Can't Feel My Face" or "The Hills," you'll feel it. There's not much more that needs to be said.
Given all of these enigmas and in honor of the impending release of his 2015 full-length very soon, we decided to ask peers and collaborators across music their thoughts on The Weeknd for this exclusive feature. See what everybody has to say below and keep talking about him to your friends, you might uncover a secret or two.
What can you say about The Weeknd?
Wiz Khalifa: I really wanted The Weeknd for "Remember You" from O.N.I.F.C.. I was vibing on him at the time big time. He's got such a unique voice and this presence. I remember I'd been trying to do something with him. After we connected and went through the idea, The Weeknd and I simply wanted to go in and talk about both sides of things. When he sent me the record, he had come so crazy on it. He was talking so much s*** that it was like, "Man, I've got to come from a different angle but still be myself and mesh with the song".
I figured I'd talk about the same thing he was saying but from a personal point of view, given the real visual of it. I'm glad it came out like that. I thought about it for about 15 minutes and spit it out. It's not really two sides of a relationship but two sides of what The Weeknd is talking about. He's singing about a chick really proving herself, and I'm telling her why she should prove herself. I think this collaboration was just supposed to happen back when it did. Sonically, it's great. Lyrically, it's amazing. The beat is crazy. It's one of those things people gravitated towards. I'd love to do another one.
Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park & Fort Minor
Mike Shinoda: I really loved The Weeknd's mixtapes. He's got his style, and he's developing it. His aesthetic is so dope. I loved how he took forever to show his face. It was very serious and cool.
Juicy J: I clicked instantly with The Weeknd and what he was doing. I just like his music. I refer to it as "Trippy Music." I get spaced out to it. He talks about a lot of things I can relate to. He talks about relationships, drugs, girls, partying, and kicking it. I like his lyrics. He's singing about situations to a chick, but he's still singing about that whole party lifestyle. Not many people can pull that off.
Listen to "Can't Feel My Face" by The Weeknd: