Tsk. Tsk. Tsk. No good comes to those artists that don’t give credit where credit is due
—specifically credit to a producer. The newest culprit accused of this crime— Abel Tesfaye aka The Weeknd, who has been exposed by former friend and collaborator Jeremy Rose, for his lack of honesty on his part in their initial tracks.
Rose caught up with Vice.com to set the record straight on his role in the first tracks that got The Weeknd internet exposure and ultimately caught the eye of fellow Canadian singer/rapper Drake.
Rose a Halifax, Nova Scotia native met Tesfaye at a party through mutual friends when Rose, who goes by the production moniker Zodiac, began playing his beats and Tesfaye began freestyling over the one of the records. After that night the two began working , eventually forming what Rose says was a group called the “The Weekend” (notice the ‘e’ ) a name Rose claims to have came up with on his own.
The tracks that feature Rose’s production were the first three Drake placed on his blog: “What You Need,” “Loft Music,” and “The Morning (Original Version).” All three records also appeared on Tesfaye’s debut mixtape House of Balloon, although Rose can’t take production credit for the version of “The Morning” version that appeared on the mixtape because he says the beat was changed.
Rose also states that Tesfaye’s change in writing had a lot to do with his presence and his dark production.
“At first it was working pretty well, but then I don’t know if it was a change in his heart or the people around Abel trying to guide him, but he was starting to push for club tracks and I really didn’t want to [do that],” Rose told Vice.com.
After their creative differences began to affect their relationship Rose decided to part ways with Abel. All he wanted was for the singer to give him production credits for the three tracks released.
When Rose learned of Tesfaye’s new fame on tracks that he produced, he sent the Canadian singer an email that read: “Remember! Give me credit!” Rose maintains never heard back from The Weeknd. --Jonathan Cruse