The Weeknd’s First-Ever Interview: “I Gave [Drake] a Lot of Records”

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The Weeknd’s First-Ever Interview: “I Gave [Drake] a Lot of Records”
 

 
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With his new Kiss Land album due out later this summer, The Weeknd gives his first-ever full-length interview to Complex Magazine for their August/September 2013 issue, which he also covers. The notoriously media-shy Abel Tesfaye opens up about a plethora of topics in Damien Scott‘s cover story: his upcoming album, being an integral part of Drake’s Take Care, being overly critical of his work, his love for R. Kelly and having his heart broken. The Weeknd also addresses the rumors about his relationship with Drizzy:

People think you guys aren’t cool with each other anymore.
No, that’s not true. Definitely not true. But it makes sense. The thing about Drake is I told him what my decisions were going to be. And he was down with it from the beginning.

You mean in terms of your label deal?
Everything. I told him from day one what my decision was going to be. I wasn’t going that route. I was going to go my own route. And he supported me.

Read more highlights from The Weeknd’s interview after the jump…


On upcoming Kiss Land album:

A lot of it is inspired by filmmakers like John Carpenter, David Cronenberg, and Ridley Scott, because they know how to capture fear. That’s what Kiss Land is to me, an environment that’s just honest fear. I don’t know who I am right now and I’m doing all these outlandish things in these settings that I’m not familiar with. To me, it’s the most terrifying thing ever. So when you hear the screams in the record and you hear all these horror references and you feel scared, listen to the music because I want you to feel what I’m feeling. Kiss Land is like a horror movie.

On giving up records for Drake’s Take Care:

“Crew Love,” “Shot for Me,” and “The Ride” were supposed to be on ‘House of Balloons.’ I wanted to come out with like 14 records. I felt like “The Ride” was the last one, and it wasn’t done yet. [Drake] heard it and he was like, “This sh*t’s crazy.” I was hungry at that time. I was like, “Dude, take anything.”

Yeah, he told me he wouldn’t be able to do the album without me. You can read it on the credits that he thanked me. I don’t know if that’s him being generous, but I gave him a lot of records. I made “Practice.”

He really wanted to incorporate my sound, which was inspired by his sound. It’s not like, “Oh, I had the ‘new sound.’” It was just easier for him to relate to me, because it was his sound with an edge. It was that Toronto sound. So yeah, you’re right. I feel like I could have been that for his album.

On R. Kelly:

I’m a huge fan of R. Kelly’s. He’s a musical genius, and probably the most prolific artist of the generation before mine. Some of the lines he says, if you say them in a normal voice, it’s the most disgusting thing you could say to somebody. But I can say “pus*y-ass n*gga” in the most elegant and s3xiest way ever, and it’s accepted. If I can get away with singing that, I’m doing something right.

On heartbreak:

I think I did. I’m not sure. Some people think they go through situations and then it hits them like a fu*king brick. I hope that I fell in love and I hope that my heart was broken. Because if I didn’t, then I don’t know what I’m about to go through in the next 20 years of my life.

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 5 years ago '05        #2
Stuart Scott 207 heat pts207
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Sounds like he's a little too full of himself.

His career will be over within a year, fu*k it.
 5 years ago '05        #3
champlain 63 heat pts63 OP
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Here is the full interview

 07-15-2013, 09:47 AM         #4
bigree61 
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he need to go on ahead and go hard as possible

push everything
 5 years ago '05        #5
WCIB 116 heat pts116
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Wait... So Drake didn't write those?

Uh oh.

Let the Stan battle begin!
 5 years ago '04        #6
justinjones 310 heat pts310
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The only thing R&B about my sh*t is the style of singing. My inspiration is R. Kelly, Michael Jackson, and Prince, for the vocals anyway. My production and songwriting, and the environment around those vocals are not inspired by R&B at all.
even the weeknd know he isn't really r&b like that

There are lyrics on Thursday, I don’t even know what the fu*k I said. “Gone” was a complete freestyle
 07-15-2013, 10:03 AM         #7
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Drakes the new kanye. They make songs they dnt write them
 5 years ago '10        #8
JETSoverERTHING 171 heat pts171
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and that's why he is a god..... ABEL THE GOD
 5 years ago '13        #9
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 Sticks said:
Sounds like he's a little too full of himself.

His career will be over within a year, fu*k it.
you sound like a hating a.ss hoe
 07-15-2013, 10:36 AM         #10
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 5 years ago '10        #11
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 WCIB said:
Wait... So Drake didn't write those?

Uh oh.

Let the Stan battle begin!
I'm sure he's talking hooks and melodies. Not the verses. Similar to 50 saying he writes everybody's sh*t all the time.
 07-15-2013, 11:33 AM         #12
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Ironically The Ride Crew Love and Shot For Me are 3 of the top 5 best songs on Take Care
Abel fathered this n*gga Drake
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JETSoverERTHING 171 heat pts171
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 WavyCrockett said:
Ironically The Ride Crew Love and Shot For Me are 3 of the top 5 best songs on Take Care
Abel fathered this n*gga Drake
ABEL THE GOD
 5 years ago '12        #14
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We need to get Abel version of Shot For Me

Im sure Drake changed a lot of the lyrics cuz that sh*t is way to simpish for a Weeknd song
 5 years ago '12        #15
FreshBeatzBx 32 heat pts32
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Shocked Drake didn't write those jawns or that they weren't originally his
 5 years ago '12        #16
TRILL SH1T 101 heat pts101
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Who didn't know these songs were The Weeknds already? Am I the I only one that reads album credits or recognizes writting styles? First time I heard Shot For Me I thought "hmmm the weeknd had something to do with this"
 5 years ago '05        #17
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 WavyCrockett said:
Ironically The Ride Crew Love and Shot For Me are 3 of the top 5 best songs on Take Care
Abel fathered this n*gga Drake

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i did like crew love and practice used to get the broads ready so shout out to the weeknd for those.
 5 years ago '10        #18
JETSoverERTHING 171 heat pts171
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The Ride is one of "Drakes" best songs..... Get to know THE GOD made it
 5 years ago '12        #19
bezngga1982 51 heat pts51
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 champlain said:
On R. Kelly:

I’m a huge fan of R. Kelly’s. He’s a musical genius, and probably the most prolific artist of the generation before mine. Some of the lines he says, if you say them in a normal voice, it’s the most disgusting thing you could say to somebody. But I can say “pus*y-ass n*gga” in the most elegant and s3xiest way ever, and it’s accepted. If I can get away with singing that, I’m doing something right.

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 5 years ago '12        #20
CaliSteppin 36 heat pts36
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In before GameTheory
Abel made some of the best songs on Take Care
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