Style that still lets the bride shine...
Cryptic, Hypnotising But Addictive.
There is a website called RapGenius.com where almost every rap song is posted next to the possible meaning of the lyrics. Rappers are usually poets, so they deliberately use innuendo, metaphors and the like. This is done to stimulate listeners’ minds so they appreciate the use of good word play.
R&B can be like that too, with some singers swearing they’d catch a grenade for their loved ones, but we all know that is not literal. If you thought Frank Ocean was the master of wordplay in R&B then you haven’t heard The Weeknd. Sitting on three albums before his recent one, Kiss Land, The Weeknd has shown that his is a sophisticated brand of music.
It is dreamy, with heavy synthesisers and loud bass. Without his Michael Jackson-esque voice, any rapper can actually jump on his beats because they are classic hip hop. But the Canadian native croons on them with interesting results.
Tracks that stand out include Live For, a party song that covers anything from threesomes to spending large sums of money. His best friend in the game and fellow countryman, Drake, jumps on the song, adding some oomph. Come to think of it, The Weeknd could be the reason why Drake tries to sing.
While most of the album is loud, things quieten down on Tears in the Rain, a sad song about giving up on love. The Weeknd is cryptic and he enjoys it, but after a few listens you can catch up with him and appreciate his work. If not, at least you can get to enjoy the best falsetto in the game right now, next to Thicke and Timberlake. – Munya Vomo