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.
— billboard (@billboard) December 6, 2016
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.”
— Power 106 (@Power106LA) December 3, 2016
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.