I was like, ‘Dude, take anything.'” Today, he says he has nothing but gratitude for Drake, whom he calls “my closest friend in the industry at that time.” Still, he says, “I gave up almost half of my album. I will always be thankful — if it wasn’t for the light he shined on me, who knows where I’d be.
(There was also a B12 shot involved.) When a bellman brings in a silver tray with a selection of waters, Tesfaye pours himself a glass. The aesthetic was American Apparel-style hipster catnip, right down to the Helvetica font.So when the verdict comes back “no swearing,” he nods and smoothly pivots to a censored version — a small gesture that says a lot about the kind of professional he has become.“The Hills” is currently enjoying its fourth straight week at Number One, a feat made even more impressive because it took the place of another Weeknd track, “Can’t Feel My Face” — Spotify’s official song of the summer, and the only song about cocaine ever to be lip-synced by Tom Cruise on network TV.That’s when Tesfaye realized he “could run with the whole enigmatic thing,” he says now.“If it backfired, I probably for the rest of my life,” he says. No one can do a trilogy again without thanking the Weeknd.