For the last blog post of 2011 I’m going to talk about why The Weeknd has my vote for artist of the year. If you have ever talked about music with me in 2011 this is absolutely no surprise at all, but if you haven’t hear me out. Here are my 3 reasons why he has my vote:
1. He promised us 3 mixtapes this year and we got 3 mixtapes this year! He didn’t just make 3 so-so projects he made 3 really solid projects. Fan or not you can’t knock that hustle.
2. He’s changing the sound of music. There is no deny his music sounds nothing like anything you are used to hearing it’s a nice twist to how we usually think about R&B, I think I’m going to call his style sex, drugs, and R&B. If you don’t know what I’m talking about give House of Balloons a spin and I guarantee you will completely understand what I am talking about. He’s not just leaving his mark in R&B land, he is also influencing rap with some classic eerie Weeknd sounds. For those of you that don’t know, The Weeknd had some major influence on the sound of Drake’s latest album, Take Care. We all know after Drake does it the rest of the rap game will be close behind, so I’m sure we will hear plenty of similar sounds in 2012.
3. Finally, the music is just flat out great! I know everyone is entitled to their own opinion but I can’t get enough of all 3 parts of the trilogy, House of Balloons, Thursday, and Echoes of Silence. Check out my favorite tracks from each mixtape
Wicked Games, House of Balloons
The Birds part 2, Thursday
Same Old Song, Echoes of Silence
For kicks I’m adding D.D., which is a cover of Michael Jackson’s Dirty Diana, because I really appreciate how it was mixed. I think it is just another glimpse into how creative he really is, D.D. sounds some much like his other work and yet it still has the original feel from MJ’s version.
So cheers to The Weeknd and here’s to 2012! xoxo ❤