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The Weeknd's Original Version Of "Crew Love" Has Surfaced Without Drake

Before the Toronto native became a 'STARBOY'.

Even though The Weeknd is currently enjoying the Billboard success of his latest album Starboy, he wasn’t always a household name. There was a time when Abel collaborated with fellow Canadian, Drake, to help launch his musical career into prominence.

Before the duo linked to create the eccentric hit “Crew Love,” which was featured on Drake’s sophomore Take Care album, there was reference version that solo that the crooner cut. It features a never-before-heard verse from the Toronto native, which surfaced today (Dec 7) online.

TThe “Can’t Feel My Face” artist recently spoke about working with Drake early on.

“I gave up almost half of my album, it’s hard. I will always be thankful, if it wasn’t for the light he shined on me, who knows where I’d be. And everything happens for a reason. You never know what I would say if this success wasn’t in front of me now.”

“He’s the homie,” Abel continued. “At the end of the day, that’s my guy. Oliver, 40, all of Toronto. There wouldn’t be any new artists from there if it wasn’t for Drake making Toronto cool because it wasn’t cool. Let’s be honest. Canada wasn’t ever cool.”

The reference/demo track features nothing from Drake, with more ad-libs and a verse from The Weeknd where Drizzy’s vocals would be on the finished version.

Check out video footage of Abel spitting the verse acapella, and listen to the original version of the smash-hit — and let us know which you think was hotter.

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Tyga Claps Back At Soulja Boy, Compares 2018 Streaming Stats

Tyga is clapping back at Soulja Boy after he claimed that he had a bigger comeback than the Young Money artist in 2018. Tyga dropped some receipts on Twitter on Thursday (Jan. 17), proving that his bounce-back was far more superior than Soulja's.

"Who had the biggest comeback?!" Tyga tweeted, referencing Soulja Boy's previous comments. The caption was attached to a side-by-side comparison of Tyga and Soulja's streaming numbers from 2018. The receipts showed that Tyga earned 884 million streams from 58 million fans, while Soulja had only 98 million streams from 16 million streams.

Who had the biggest comeback?! 😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/bWS2mMZ5B4

— T-Raww (@Tyga) January 17, 2019

Despite the clear evidence, Soulja Boy insisted that he was still the "comeback king" of last year due to his other business ventures. "I HAD THE BIGGEST COMEBACK OF 2018," he wrote. "I RELEASED MY OWN VIDEO GAME CONSOLE IM THE FIRST RAPPER IN HISTORY TO DO SO!"

As previously reported, Soulja first made the declaration during his interview on The Breakfast Club on Jan. 16. Meek Mill, Tory Lanez, and Lil Yachty previously defended Tyga against Soulja's remarks. Additionally, Soulja took shots at Drake, Kanye West, and the Migos for influencing their musical style.

Check out Tyga's tweets here.

I HAD THE BIGGEST COMEBACK OF 2018!

— Soulja Boy (Young Drako) 💲🔌🔫 (@souljaboy) January 17, 2019

I RELEASED MY OWN VIDEO GAME CONSOLE IM THE FIRST RAPPER IN HISTORY TO DO SO!

— Soulja Boy (Young Drako) 💲🔌🔫 (@souljaboy) January 17, 2019

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Janelle Monae And Cardi B To Perform At The 61st Annual Grammy Awards

According to a press release, Janelle Monae and Cardi B are among the first performers announced to hit the stage for the 61st Annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 10.

Monae is up for two honors including Album Of The Year for Dirty Computer, while Cardi could win a total of five awards, including Best Rap Album and Album Of The Year for Invasion Of Privacy. The Wondaland artist performed "We Are Young" with the group .fun during the 55th Annual ceremony, and the Bronx-bred MC rapped alongside Bruno Mars during a performance of "Finesse" at last year's big event. Both Dirty Computer and Invasion Of Privacy were named to the list of VIBE's Best Albums of 2018.

Some of the other announced performers for the evening's festivities include Post Malone, Camila Cabello, Shawn Mendes, Dan + Shay and Kacey Musgraves. More performers will be announced as the Grammys draw closer.

"The 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards are produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures for the Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer, Ben Winston is executive producer, Louis J. Horvitz is director, Chantal Sausedo is the talent producer, and David Wild and Ehrlich are the writers," said the statement.

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A$AP Rocky Comments On R. Kelly: "He Needs To Be Dealt With"

A$AP Rocky stopped by Angie Martinez's Power 105.1 radio show to discuss his annual Yams Day celebration in honor of deceased A$AP Mob member, A$AP Yams. The event will take place Thursday (Jan. 17) at the Barclays Center.

While discussing the special guests that will take the stage, Rocky said that his "brother" French Montana is one of the MCs who will be there. When asked about French's recent comments about R. Kelly, Rocky decided to put his two cents in on the highly-publicized sexual misconduct allegations against the Pied Piper of R&B.

"Can I say something about that?" said Rocky when queried abut French's take on Kelly's legacy.  "I think [French] had a Kanye moment where he was trying to articulate something and his delivery just wasn't right. I think what he was trying to say was people like Bill Cosby, people like R. Kelly, [they] build up this legacy for a long time, and it just gets taken away."

Rocky continued by bringing up Kelly's marriage to the then-underage Aaliyah, expressing shock that her age on their marriage certificate was forged.

"Don't get me wrong- do I know if R. Kelly is a rapist and all that other stuff? It seems like he is," he exclaimed. "I mean, like he married Aaliyah when she was, like, 15... He married Aaliyah at 14, 15… how old was he when that alleged video came out? Too g*d damn old. I look at it like this. If that man has a sickness, he needs to be dealt with. He done beat the court dates… it goes to show the whole system is corrupted… R. Kelly was the King of R&B… and this motherf**ker now is known for being a sex pedophile.”

Watch his comments above around the 16:40 mark.

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