The Weeknd | Rolling Stone (Video)

The Weeknd (aka Abel Tesfaye) released a video a couple of days ago, that I’ve been enjoying. It’s for his song, “Rolling Stone”, off the record, “Thursday”. The Weeknd re-releases his trilogy via Universal on November 26, re-mastered and with three new tracks. I’ve been a huge fan of his music, from back when he first starting posting songs for free online, and hid himself behind the tunes. (Last year, Their Bated Breath named his record one of the best of 2011.) But with music this good, it’s hard to stay anonymous for too long. It only seems natural that prettiness of R&B melodies run into a more indie sense of musical presentation. That’s what you have with folks like The Weeknd, How to Dress Well, and Frank Ocean. It doesn’t hurt, that The Weeknd writes well too, like in “Rolling Stone” — where he mixes imagery of toking, and “Jack and the Beanstalk” mythology with sensuality and hip-hop bravado: “Cause getting faded too long / Got me on this rolling stone / So I take another hit / Kill another seroton (sic) / With a handful of beans / And a chest full of weed / Got me singing ’bout a bitch / While I’m blowing out my steam / Yeah, I know I got my issues / Why you think I fuckin’ flow? / And I’ma keep on smoking ’til I can’t hit another note.” — David D. Robbins Jr.

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