Who Is The Weeknd?

Influences and Samples

As previously mentioned, Drake and 40 definitely have a lot to do with the sonic blueprint of The Weeknd, but he's got other influences. Weeknd has tweeted about being inspired by R. Kelly and there are definitely traces of The-Dream and even the late Static Major in his music.

But the samples on the mixtape reveal more than anything else. Indie rock band Beach House’s “Master of None” is sampled on “The Party + The Afterparty” and another song of theirs, “Gila,” is sampled on “Loft Music.” They’re not the only indie influence, Siouxsie and the Branshiee’s “Happy House” is sampled on House of Ballons' title track. Aaliyah’s “Rock The Boat” can be heard on “What You Need” and Cocteau Twins’ “Cherry Colored Funk” makes up “The Knowing."

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