Some Weeknd for everyone
People often ask me what kind of music I’m into. I can never answer that question, because I listen to (almost) everything. The thing with R&B is that you really have to be a fan of this music genre to really get into it. I do love myself a good portion of R&B, but sometimes it’s just too difficult to understand and appreciate songs if you’re not that into it. To give an example: Kanye West (considered Hip-hop) has had lots of hits, but most of the time the mainstream public is only attracted to 1 or 2 tracks on his records. Only real fans of his music and genre are able to appreciate all of his other music.
But The Weeknd seems to have found the magic formula. Starboy is a perfect balance between ‘underground’ and mainstream music. This album is just for everybody. It’s impossible to listen to it and not like almost every song. You can’t accuse him of being too ‘Pop’ or commercial, but you also can’t say that it’s too R&B. I’m just not able to tell you which of the 18 tracks is my least favorite. That’s how I know this truly is a masterpiece.