Canadian artist Abel Tesfaye or popularly known as The Weeknd has been turning heads and causing an enigma in the musical souls of his listeners since 2012. From his original mixtapes Echoes of Silence, Thursday, and House of Balloons to his full LP and EPs Kissland, Beauty Behind the Madness, My Dear Melancholy and now After Hours The Weeknd continues to produce music that leaves you asking questions once you are done listening. His latest project After Hours is no different.
The project has been the topic of mixed feelings for both fans and celebrities alike. Artists such as Joe Budden discussed their opinion of the lackluster the project allegedly brings. Critics acclaimed that the project does not have the studio mainstream feel that he brought with Starboy as one of his releases under republic records. Fans of The Weeknd from the original mixtapes enjoy the blend between the original feel that the album brings as well as the mainstream vibes from his later content. After Hours is a compilation of all of The Weeknd's musical prowls. Currently we see The Weeknd in a new form where he does bring the aspects of Starboy and a 90's feel of music mixed with his original style of music.
The project follows a lost in LA theme, and each video that was put out were short films in continuation with each other. While the entire storyline has not unfolded in the videos yet we have concluded that the elements of the video follow along his feeling after his breakup with longtime lover and girlfriend Bella Hadid. An example of this is In Your Eyes where he describes the point of their relationship in which he was being lied and cheated on; the video shows us this with the woman portrayed to us chopping The Weeknd's head off and dancing with it. The many deep tones , meanings and melodies give us the depth of feel and an inside look into the soul of The Weeknd.
With the many elements and complexities that the album brings it is enjoyable to its listeners, leading the top Billboard Top 100 for both singles for Heartless and Blinding Lights topping Roddy Rich The Box, as well as the top 200 Album list.
This is a project if you deff want to listen and give us feedback what you thought about it.
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"All my life, been grindin' all my life / Sacrificed, hustled, paid the price / Want a slice, got to roll the dice." –Nipsey Hussle on "Grinding All My Life"
It has been one year since the legendary rapper Nipsey Hussle passed away from a fatal gun shot wound in front of his Marathon clothing store. Nipsey was not just an artist and a business owner but he was also a father, a friend, a pillar to his community. We tend to see with many influential leaders that their lies are cut short and it causes a wound. A wound so deep it takes many years to heal, and although we are on quarantine and we can not go out to unite in this world to mourn over the loss we are still showing solidarity.
Nipsey was a symbol for both unity in music as well as his community in California. While trying to bridge the Wast Coast sound of hiphop into the mainstream media, he also looked to celebrate musicians and people who walked the same road he walked. Hussle looked to end gang violence in Los Angeles as he was a member of the Rollin 60's Neighborhood Crips. He worked to broker unity between the Crips the Bloods notorious gangs that have been dispersed all over the nation. His hustle also included the empowerment of our black brothers and sisters to own their businesses, own their masters and whatever they choose to pursue.
Why does Nipseys death hurt? Why did the deaths of Martin Luther King , Malcom X and Biggie hurt? "Grinding all My Life" is the testament of Nipsey's life. He sacrificed his blood sweat and tears to not only make the world a better place for those around him, but he wanted to make a change so his children can have a better future. He wanted people can drop the guns and start picking up books and do what they can to live better lives. In terms of music he brought different elements to the rap genre that can be considered unfamiliar to those of the east coast but his goal was to set new standards for music. Nipsey will never be forgotten but the best we can do as humans especially during this time is to honor him by being kinder to each other, having less hate making sure your neighbor that doesn't have food or water has something. Make sure your kids are learning something whether its through their STEM programs or just a skill that they didn't know they possessed. Lastly, Nipsey taught us to forever be grateful for life, and to remember that it is too short, to love and appreciate everything we can.
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