This New Weeknd Track Sounds Like Tracy Chapman, Is Pretty Fucking Good

05/26/2011 3:31 PM |

For having only been on the scene for a short amount of time, Torono production team The Weeknd have already produced an awful lot of music—the full-length House of Balloons mixtape, another six tracks that surfaced a few days ago, one of which was was demo for Drake, and now another brand new one, the uncharacteristically stark, acoustic guitar-based “Rolling Stone.” It’s an effective showcase for singer Abel Tesfaye’s rich, powerful warble of a voice, which is only just now really reminding me of Tracy Chapman. Though if I recall correctly, Ms. Chapman never sang lines like, “With a handful of beans and a chest full of weed, got me singing ’bout a bitch while I’m blowing out with steam,” or whatever it is he says there.

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