Yesterday, The Weekend released his highly anticipated third studio album Starboy, accompanied by a brand new interview with Apple’s Beats1 Radio show.
Now that The Weeknd has officially released Starboy, he will be making his rounds of promotion over the next few weeks, and what better way than to start with an interview on Beats1. While the majority of fans at the moment are completely consumed with the new album, and for good reason, The Weeknd’s most recent interview offers some interesting insight into his relationship with Drake.
The two Toronto born artists have collaborated many times in the past, and arguably turned the city into the rising hotbed of Hip-Hop/R&B talent that it is today. Recently however, the collaborations have been non-existent, and has even led some to speculate that The Weeknd’s decision not to sign with OVO ultimately ended their relationship.
During his interview with Beats1, The Weeknd showed a lot of respect for Drake, and briefly touched on the idea of a future collaborative project.
“He came in as my big bro and showed the world what I could do,” The Weeknd said. “From then on, he’s always been supporting me and I’ve always been supporting him. Behind the scenes, we’re still very close but it’s cool that the world can see us doing our own thing. OVOXO will always be there.”
“It’s cool to have both monsters work together as opposed to one monster and one little guy coming in,” he continued. “It’s dope, like Kanye and Jay Z, when [Watch the Throne] happened.”
“He’s the homie,” The Weeknd finished. “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.”
It appears the 26 year old’s close behind-the-scenes relationship with Drake is still very much intact, as Drake proudly supported The Weeknd’s album on Instagram (see below).
While its difficult to measure how serious the idea of a collaborative project really is, the effect of Drake and The Weeknd on Toronto’s cool factor is not. Take it from a Canadian, without them Toronto wouldn’t be nearly as cool as it is now.