The Weeknd & My Perception of Him
The Weeknd, a.k.a Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, is one unique artist of this past half decade. Debuting his free album, House of Balloons, back in March 21, 2011, it was all he needed to pave his way to stardom.
What’s amazing is how he got his name, “The Weeknd”. He left his home at 17 and dropped out of high school and convinced his friend to do the same. Then, they grabbed their mattresses from their parents, threw it in their friend’s crappy van, left one weekend, and never came back home, according to his public answers in a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything). He was going to name bis first album The Weeknd, but since he didn’t like his name at first, he used it as his stage name. He also took out the “e” because there was already a Canadian band named The Weekend. He also speaks on how his “dark, languid music” reflects his real-life experience.
It’s amazing as to how much Abel has evolved, yet kept his signature “dark and mysterious” ways. That’s what makes him so unique, especially since he has his Michael Jackson moments, which are amazing, in my opinion. Most of his music have more of a sexual, yet saddening tone, like “Next”, “Often”, or “The Hills” which is one rollercoaster of emotions for a new listener to engage in. He has more types of music, club bangers like “Drinks On Us” or the heavily sexual, yet bangable “Or Nah”. Also, mainstream with Ariana Grande in “Love Me Harder”, which at first, was a new route for him, since he was known to be more of an “off the grid” type of artist. But, he kept his original flow and message, which was acceptable and fun to listen to.
Now, the Michael Jackson moments, since I was a huge fan of M.J, are in my opinion, the most danceable and most fun music he has. “In The Night”, “Can’t Feel My Face” and “D.D”, which he does perfectly. Especially in “D.D”, he sounds almost exactly like M.J, but he gives it his own flow and style, and refreshes it. Perfection.
I’m not going to go too deep into his recent album, but I think Beauty Behind The Madness solidified his career as a dark, sexual, and saddening artist. I hope he continues to do great music, especially with my favorite artist, Drake, as they’re known to make prodigious music together.