Currently this week on the Hot 100, Billboard has The Hills by The Weeknd as the number 1 song. Reaching that spot on the chart is a supreme accomplishment and major deal because it takes dedication and devotion to music on a new level to get there. Abęl Tesfaye, better known as The Weeknd, is a gifted and incredible artist from Scarborough, Ontario and began his career in 2010 when releasing his singles “The Morning,” “Loft Music,” and “What You Need” onto Youtube. It wasn’t until his song “The Zone” that the world began paying more attention and interest for the artist. The Toronto based rapper Drake (who also features in the song) helped put Abęl on the map and launch his career. The Weeknd is well known for his incredibly high tone voice that resonates to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. He is currently on the path of achieving that title (King of R&B) and reverence with multiple singles hitting the top charts consistently. His most recent album ‘Beauty Behind The Madness’ had three songs reach the top 3 spots on the Billboard Hot R&B songs chart for the week of July 25, 2015. Achieving this made him the first artist in history to do what no one else has.
With all these massive accomplishments and superfluous amount of fans, it is easy to overlook something simple. This article isn’t about bashing or critiquing The Weeknd in a condescending way. It is about analyzing his lyrics and figuring out why people fall in love with his songs. The Weeknd is known for having sensual and seductive lyrics, but lately he has been expressing a different side that shares the sorrow of success and fame. We got to understand that lyrics play an imperative role on how it influences us and our emotions. This is the chorus to his song “The Hills” which sits at number 1. “I only call you when it’s half past five, the only time that I’ll be by your side, I only love it when you touch me, not feel me, when I’m f****d up, that’s the real me, when I’m f*****d up that’s the real me, yeah.” This indicates that he is using a woman for sexual pleasure at his own convenience and that being inebriated causes him to show his real side where he doesn’t have emotional attachment or value to her. In today’s society from the hip-hop/rap culture, many artists’ lyrics degrade women and visualize them as sexual objects that they can utilize to their own advantage and convenience. This is making a major impact on the younger generation who listen to it which creates the desire for them to live that lifestyle. It appears chivalry is dead in our current generation and women are having a difficult time finding the right guy. Is this the type world we want to live in forever?
Imagine if The Weeknd with all the influence and impact he has used his God given talents to praise women and promote a positive message about his success and fame. Just visualize how different the world and our society would be! The truth is, chivalry isn’t dead. It’s just no longer popular. The world could desperately use more artists to make songs with lyrics that promote optimism, adoration of life and creations, truth and respect. This could be a key solution to fix our broken society and pave a better path for the future generation.
Written by: Alexander Lee