Abel Tesfaye (born February 16, 1990), better known by his stage name The Weeknd, is an R&B Canadian recording artist and record producer from Toronto ; he is of Ethiopian descent. He began recording songs under The Weeknd and uploading them to YouTube in late 2010, though the identity of the individual behind the project was initially unknown. In March 2011, The Weeknd released a nine-song free album, House of Balloons which was critically acclaimed. The title track is based on a sample of Siouxsie and the Banshees' hit single "Happy House. The first album is a part of a trilogy which includes Thursday released in August of the same year and Echoes of Silence issued in December. In June, House of Balloons was named as one of ten shortlisted nominees of 2011 Polaris Music Prize but eventually lost to Arcade Fire's The Suburbs. On December 21, 2011 at 11:07 p.m. EST Tesfaye released his highly anticipated third mixtape Echoes of Silence. The Weeknd's site crashed shortly after due to the large number of downloads. The Weeknd quickly provided a Hulkshare link to keep the album available while the official site was down.
I first caught wind of dude when he did the hook on Drake's "Crew Love" record. I thought he had a different sound and obviously had to be making some noise if he was on the track with the YMCMB hit maker. So I gave that song a few spins, (especially after a female actually showed her true colors and was really bout that "Crew Love"). The song really came to life for me at that point and the words and the melody kinda took me to a trippy state.
Eventually I started seeing him pop up in a few a my Pandora stations. Initially, I'm not gonna front, I blew him off. There were just way too many sound effects on his voice and I couldn't make out what he saying half the time. After a few different songs played though, I could tell that he had something, I just needed to find the better records. I think I picked up on the track "The Morning" first. Then another track called "Next". After these songs I could see where he was going with his sound and music so I set up his station on Pandora.
Since hitting the scene, The Weeknd has received praise from a number of musical publications, including those of Pitchfork, MTV,BET, Rolling Stone, XXL, The Source and 2DopeBoyz, who have all dubbed him the "Songbird of his Generation", as well as the "best musical talent since Michael Jackson" (John Norris, MTV)
Best Music Talent since Michael Jackson....Ok I can see how you can put this statement into the universe, but we def. need some record sales and platinum plaques before we let this get too out of control. His pitch and tone def. reminds you of how MJ used to do it. You can get a good feel for this comparison by listening to the track "DD" short for the late Michael Jackson's "Dirty Diana".
BRING THE DRUGS, and TheWeeknd will BRING THE PAIN!
Below are the 3 Mixtapes he dropped thus far...