July 8, 1990 in Scarborough
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
The Weeknd, Abel Tesfaye, began his career as a rapper with a series of YouTube and other social media posts of the album House of Balloons in 2011. After a second mixtape was released in August of the same year, Weeknd also began appearing heavily in fellow rapper Drake’s album that was released in December of the same year. After signing with Universal Republic, the artist’s previous albums were rereleased in 2012, which were certified platinum in 2013. His most recent album, titled Beauty Behind the Madness was released in 2015 and debuted at number one with two hit singles.
6 months ago
Loft music is Abel's way of introducing the good girl that he's falling in love with, his toxic and exhilarating lifestyle. His loft is a place of sweet sin. She likes to tease him with her flirty attitude, but it isn't working for him. He knows that she likes to tease, but he's going to change all of that. He is going to introduce her to a world of real pleasure. He also explains that fake love comes along with the fame. Women only seek his affection if it benefits them. He also knows how to get the perfect high. He wants to show her all his lifestyle can offer. He wants it badly. Towards the end of the song his voice changes from sure and demanding to vulnerable and utterly disappointed. He knows everything she does. He isn't afraid to let her know that he knows everything. But he will not fall out of love so easily. The journey has just begun.
8 months ago
This one is tough (I went onto this website hoping to see something already posted). I think this song is generally about growing up. The beginning starts as an "F you" to not just education, but authority in general. This includes education, but also things like religion and societal norms. It makes sense, since the Weeknd's mother is a devout Christian, but Abel, to say the least, doesn't show much interest in Christian values (through the content of his songs). There seems to be plenty of typos in the lyrics posted here, so I can't be sure, but looking at the lyrics in writing makes me see a possible romantic connection. This is typical of the Weeknd, contradicting himself. He clearly says "stupid is next to 'I love you'" so if there is a romantic element, he obviously in confused about love, another common theme in his music. The end of the song is clearly describing how screwed over people seem to be after they've "grown up." As a recent high school graduate, I relate. The lyrics suggest a "what's next?" situation. The Weeknd and Labrynth are saying, "ok great, now what?" They feels screwed over by society and it seems that they "lose."
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