Who Is The Weeknd?
The Weeknd is essentially a one-man band comprised of Toronto-based, Canadian singer/songwriter Abel Tesfaye. On "Loft Music" he sings about being 20 years old, so we're gonna go ahead assume he's 20. A few critics have dubbed his particular brand of R&B as "hipster R&B" or "PBR&B" (we can't deny that one made us chuckle), but there has been debate over whether it's a legitimate term.
There’s also been some confusion over whether The Weeknd is a group, with a few media outlets claiming producers Doc McKinney and Illangelo are a part of The Weeknd. Although Tesfaye (who we can only presume runs Weeknd’s Twitter) confirmed Doc McKinney produced a track for him and shouted out Illangelo, he has denied that The Weeknd is a group on more than one occasion.1 However, that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a crew...
1) There's also some debate as to how much of a "professional" Tesfaye is, just like there was with Frank Ocean. We can't make the call on Tesfaye just yet. But on Doc McKinney's Facebook page, McKinney claims to have worked with Mary J. Blige, Sting, and Dr. Dre.