Story-Time: That one time I Fucking Hated The Weeknd █♣█

“I left home when I was about 17 dropped out of high school and convinced Lamar to do the same lol. We grabbed our mattresses from our parents threw it in our friends shitty van and left one weekend and never came back home. It was gonna be the title of HOB. I hated my name at the time though so I tried it as a stage name. It sounded cool. I took out the “e” because there was already a canadian band named the weekend (copyright issues).” – The Weeknd, via Reddit 

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Did you guys ever not like an artist because all your friends liked them? Like all they would is talk about them 24/7 and made it seem like their lives revolved around them? Like they seemed like they were bandwagonin’ hard and you were like “fuck that, I’m too cool for that.”

Well guess what. I’ve done it before, and one of them was The Weeknd.

 

Back when I first heard of his name in 2011 (when he was releasing HoB, Thursday, EoS), all my close friends were raving about him. Talking about how he had such an amazing voice and made it seem like he just ethered the whole RnB game in just a couple of months.

I remember one night at home as a high school student ready to do his math homework, I decided to see what the fuss was all about. I don’t quite remember what song I listened to, but I instantly thought it was TRASH. Whether it was my ignorance or whatever, I just couldn’t collect myself to listen to any more of The Weeknd.

For the longest time I just kept going off on my friends that he was just horrible. I didn’t like his sound, his tone of voice was weird and it just wasn’t something I dig at first. My buddies all thought I was living on another planet (sometimes I do feel that) because they were all praising what he had contributed to music.

Almost an entire year passed, and everyone knew how much I “hated” The Weeknd, all thinking that I was a crazy SOB. I remember when he came down to Calgary, and they were telling me how majestic the concert was (shout out to anyone who attended at the Jubilee Auditorium) and I was like “chyeaa, I’m sure it was nice”.

 

Then things changed.

 

I was in the car with Husson one afternoon, and we heard Dirty Diana on the radio, which was a rendition of Michael Jackson’s work. This was the first time I had heard a song from him since boycotting this Canadian. I almost thought Husson was a girl from all his fangirl screaming (shots fired). Listening through half way, I didn’t think it was bad at all… you know what I’m just gunna say it… I enjoyed listening to it.

Throughout the next couple of weeks, I listened to a couple more of The Weeknd’s songs and eventually downloaded the Trilogy that was out at the time.

It was beautiful guys, it was absolutely beautiful.

From someone who thought he hated The Weeknd now to someone who admired his work within a year…. man I felt like an asshole. I obviously didn’t give him a fair chance. My hipster side definitely took over and my ignorance and contradictory acts ended up making me feel very ashamed of myself. When all my buddies found out they were like “yooooo I thought you hated him you liar!”. Yes I did hate him at some point, but can’t a man’s opinion change?

Fast forward to 2015, with four new singles that were recently (leaked or not leaked) released, I’ve now recognized The Weeknd as one of the top musicians in our era. I believe that he is constantly trying to evolve his music while staying true to what he talks about best; sex. With these four new songs that were released I loved how different each one was and I thought they all embodied The Weeknd’s talent. I think Trilogy will probably go down as one of the top collections that any RnB artist has put out and I’m glad that I was able to turn a blind eye and now be supporting of one of Canada’s top acts.

You can download all four of the tracks here: The Hills, Girls Born In The 90’s, In The Night, I Can’t Feel My Face

I didn’t type this article thinking there would be any point to it, I just wanted to share a random story that recently came up. But what I did learn from this whole experience was that it’s always good to have an open mind. With whatever in life, whether’s its music, work, school or whatever you’re dealing with. I made a prime mistake of blocking off excellent music and that ultimately led me to missing out on a concert I probably would have enjoyed going to. But moving forward I think this example is a great reminder that it’s important to explore different perspectives and to challenge yourself to be more accepting of multiple thoughts and ideas rather than narrowing your options immediately.

With that said, Thank’s Mr. Abel Tesfaye, for teaching me an unforgettable lesson.

– Raymond

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