I pride myself in keeping my ear to the concrete and staying on top of the new hotness that YOU should be listening to. Hip-Hop, R&B, Pop, Rock, by the time you catch up to what I’m listening to, I’ll already be on to the next one. It’s been like that since way back when I would make homemade mixtape comps and slang em to kids in high school for 4 bucks a pop. For some reason, I’m compelled to seek out the next great artist or the new banger that everyone else is gonna eventually catch up to later. I just gotta be on it first. Over the years my tastes have broadened and with new music coming out at such a rapid pace, it’s become harder and harder to listen to every buzzworthy mixtape or mp3 that comes down the pike. So a few weeks back, when I first caught wind of The Weeknd and their freebie release, House Of Balloons, I barely blinked an eye.

Sometimes the internet can work against an artist, especially for a music listener like myself. I’ve been trolling the internets too long to be sold some bs by a savvy PR rep. I was still in Nostalgia, ULTRA mode and the early comparisons between the two seemed contrived, another internet artist trying to ride the wave of a rising talent. But then again, people jumped to compare Frank Ocean to Drake so I know that’s just the way these things worked. Even though the hype kinda soured me towards this group, which I still knew virtually nothing about, I had to give in and give it a listen, just to see if all the buzz was warranted. I wasn’t impressed. First off, I couldn’t tell if the lead was a female or a guy just trying to sound like a female but whatever the case, those vocals threw me off and all the slow, ambient sounding music seemed like a hipster’s attempt to make shitty R&B records. It’s like Kid CuDi and Drake had a baby and that baby made an album produced by Trent Reznor and The-Dream’s lovechild (Excuse the wildly suspect and physically impossible analogy but I’m high off a sour doobie and that’s the best I can come up with). A few skips through (off center melodies centering on drugs, sex, booze, sex, repeat) and I was done. A really well produced demo of incomplete ideas with a lead singer who can’t really sing. They say this Weird&B hipster ish is better then Nostalgia, ULTRA? Ha! I felt vindicated knowing that I had once again outsmarted and outwitted the hypemachine. Not that I threw House Of Balloons in the trash or anything. We mp3 hoarders keep everything, even shit we don’t like (Word to the 2 gigs of random Bamma shit I’ve compiled from DirtyGloveBastard over the years).

Yesterday I was doing my usual internet surf move, looking for something off the radar to catch my eye and I came upon this…

It struck me as haunting but in a way that’s incredibly listenable.  The chopped and screwed effect (Courtesy of Odd Future’s Mike G)  really brings out the darkness in the production and allows the lyrics to move to the forefront.  The slowed down version of House Of Balloons was good enough to force me to go back and revisit the album in it’s normal state and hear it in a way I was too stubborn to appreciate the first time around. For those who have already been rocking with The Weeknd from the jump, I salute you. Y’all got one on me. Consider this a thank you. I still think there’s a lot of room for improvement from the front man but for those who have yet to give it a spin, from a guy who prides himself on being ahead of the curve, The Weeknd is that next shit.

The Weeknd – House Of Balloons (Chopped & Screwed By Odd Future’s Mike G)

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Comments on: "The Weeknd – House Of Balloons (Chopped And Screwed)" (60)

  1. There is nothing worse than riding in someones car, and they are listening to creed and singing along..

    White people <<<

  2. hey white people do not like creed either. That was a honkey in the car with you. there’s a difference

  3. Kizza I am white

  4. troubleshooter1900 said:

    Kizza I am white

    ^
    *attempts to wrestle a grizzly*

    Yo, these are our first set single tittie posted so far.

    *waits impatiently for more*

  5. EnglandRepresent said:

    Tron Tron rock the flat top with the stripes shaved in the side and the rat tail at the back. Straight Cleetus from the Simpsons style. That motherfucker couldn’t be more redneck if he had it tattooed on his forehead.

    How dare you question what he brings to the honkey tonk table.

  6. EnglandRepresent said:

    Real chat though, why do American blacks call each other by the N word? You call a black man in London by that and you’ll be spitting your teeth out.

  7. troubleshooter1900 said:

    Real chat though, why do American blacks call each other by the N word? You call a black man in London by that and you’ll be spitting your teeth out.

    ^Did you know that American slavery was the only slavery that ended in a civil war?

    Plus, i don’t know man. It’s just something that we do It’s one of the self-deprecating things that we do. It’s some perverse bullshit that someone will try and make sense of.

  8. eng your moms loves my swag.

    we watch the nascar race every sunday and i spit my tobacco juice into a mason jar and make her drink that shit.

    anyone got a link for that new TV on the Radio Album ?

  9. Heroine Headliner said:

    #100hunnid…..

    I told yall….

    Cummin’ soon…..

    It Was Written…..

    #MyLifeCrazyLikeObama’s

  10. EnglandRepresent said:

    Did you know that American slavery was the only slavery that ended in a civil war?

    ^^I know I’m an English kizza but I’m not that stoopid chief! I get that the whole subject is contentious with various viewpoints etc but to an English kizza who got step family who are black, none of it makes sense. Anyway moving on.

    Tron Tron your dates with Mummy EnglandRepresent sound splendid and everything but nothing beats a game of Ping Pong with Mrs Tron Tron when I’m the only geezer with a ping pong bat. Jesus. It defies belief. Straight chat.

  11. EnglandRepresent said:

    So if people in the c-section on Nahright are called Nahggers. What are peoples in the c-section of GeorgeBushMoney called?

    I want Tron Tron and Trouble to ponder that shit. Best you both come back to me (n) with a legit answer.

  12. yo eng

    we go by “young republicans”

    but me in particular, you can call me “dad”

  13. troubleshooter1900 said:

    I want Tron Tron and Trouble to ponder that shit. Best you both come back to me (n) with a legit answer.

    ^Call us The Bushes.

    And I wasn’t implying that you were dumb or mentally deficient in any way bro. I was referring to another black person trying to describe the situation. Hell, I sure as shit can’t, lol.

  14. troubleshooter1900 said:

    Tron, you a republican?

    This answer may alter our efriendship.

    J/K bro.

    still..

    *side eyes Tron*

  15. And I wasn’t implying that you were dumb or mentally deficient in any way bro

    ^
    nah eng is dumb as fuck.

    i left out a chromosome when i splashed my baby batter on his mom’s cervix.

    my bad, son.

  16. Tron, you a republican?

    ^
    nah sun.

    I’m not allowed to vote.

  17. EnglandRepresent said:

    nah sun.

    I’m not allowed to vote.

    ^^That’s what being a kiddy fiddler gets you.

  18. ^^That’s what being a kiddy fiddler gets you.

    ^
    says the guy who has to introduce himself to all the neighbors on some “hi my name is Nick, i’m a registered fondler”

  19. EnglandRepresent said:

    Nah no beef Troubs! No issue.

    Young Republicans and Bushers doesn’t do it for me. We need suttin else Keep going (n).

    How do you two feel the site has been received since the 2 weeks it’s been up? What are the site numbers like in terms of visitors??

  20. EnglandRepresent said:

    says the guy who has to introduce himself to all the neighbors on some “hi my name is Nick, i’m a registered fondler”

    ^^I said that to your Mum and here we are 4 years later……what’s your point?

  21. i’m happy with it, we had a good start, but kinda fell back..

    everyones mad busy, and we”re just gettin warmed up (ll)

    shit is only gonna get better

  22. EnglandRepresent said:

    Tron why you not allowed to vote? You got a conviction at the moment?

  23. Heroine Headliner said:

    in tha hood they call me baby cakes…..

    but in tha streets they call us ol money…..

  24. EnglandRepresent said:

    i’m happy with it, we had a good start, but kinda fell back..

    everyones mad busy, and we”re just gettin warmed up (ll)

    shit is only gonna get better

    ^^Get Harlem to put his mink down and pull his finger out (n) and start some insights on the music industry. Bit like Combat Jack did. That would be a good look.

    I’m happy to blog about Tottenham Hotspur FC and the joys of football violence should you need me to.

  25. Tron why you not allowed to vote? You got a conviction at the moment?

    ^

    i refused to snitch…

    try as they may to nail me to a cross..

    they can’t..

    pockets too heavy..

  26. EnglandRepresent said:

    HH. Word on the street is that they call you bitch tits. Confirm or deny?

  27. I’m happy to blog about Tottenham Hotspur FC and the joys of football violence should you need me to.

    ^
    see, but only deen even knows what the fuck a tottenham hotspur is.. shit sound wild ‘mo

  28. EnglandRepresent said:

    So basically what you saying Tron is you’re a registered sex offender.

  29. EnglandRepresent said:

    see, but only deen even knows what the fuck a tottenham hotspur is.. shit sound wild ‘mo

    ^^Jesus. I’d slap the rats tail off the back of your head right now if I was in the same trailer park as you. Cheeky little bastard.

  30. eng.. keep it Trill..

    you stay rocking affliction t-shirts with rhinestones and shit huh..

  31. EnglandRepresent said:

    Tron if you lived in the UK you’d definitely be a pikey aka did aka gypo aka a smelly gypsy.

    You got that ‘stank of stale fecal matter and extra strength beer swag’ about ya.

  32. So basically what you saying Tron is you’re a registered sex offender.

    ^
    i try. but your moms is unoffendable

    she does it ALL..

    golden showers, blumkins, the wayne gretzky, bagpiping..

    i STAY trying to think of wild shit to do to ya mom

  33. EnglandRepresent said:

    I might got one or two bejeweled sweaters I ain’t gonna front but you should see how magnificent those joint looks under a disco ball.

  34. troubleshooter1900 said:

    Why yall shootin for tho?

  35. EnglandRepresent said:

    Fuck around Tron and I’ll come through your trailer and put a sledgehammer through that new plastic shower of yours.

  36. Why yall shootin for tho?

    ^
    for sport.

    business, never personal.

  37. EnglandRepresent said:

    Why yall shootin for tho?

    ^^lmao. Ghandi looking ass fucker! It’s all shits and giggles innit.

    I might be Top 3 coolest blokes you know (n) alongside Stephen Hawkins and Bill Gates.

  38. Eng stay stalking my Internet activity SMH

  39. EnglandRepresent said:

    Fun fact : When I get around to checking the Net in the morning at work….George Bush Money is the first non-news related site I come to. Used to be Nahright. That’s big. You lot should take heart in that fact. Props.

  40. *daps eng*

    *immediately scrubs hands with hot water and dial soap*

  41. EnglandRepresent said:

    Eng stay stalking my Internet activity SMH

    ^^^How can I not know about your home renovation woes?! You’ve been bitching and whinging and moaning about it like a little girl for the last month at every opportunity you get. You big sissy.

  42. Rofl @ tS thinking that me and eng really got e-beef.

    Just cuz he won’t call me “dad” , he respects my role in the household. It’s all good.

  43. engrep = cum receptacle

  44. Young Republicans!

    GOAT Slobber in porn = ??

  45. GOAT Slobber in porn = ??
    ^
    eng reps mom.

    cBc

  46. i once seen engrep mama…..

    snort a rail…..

    wit her pussy lips…..

    then she got the drip…..

    out her anus…..

    #100hunnid

  47. Eng’s mom the type a bitch that drink a couple 40s of mickey’s and then start putting table legs in her ass ..

  48. EnglandRepresent said:

    i once seen engrep mama…..

    snort a rail…..

    wit her pussy lips…..

    then she got the drip…..

    out her anus…..

    #100hunnid

    ^^Good Lord!! lmfao!!! I can respeck it though.

  49. Eng’s mom can put a gram of powder and some arm and hammer in her puss…

    Ten minutes later, crack comes out..

  50. Damn it’s not even #Ether Fridays and you lot are going in! Lol

    Yo EngRep, you heard of OG Niki?! She’s either from London or the Midlands. Apparently she’s a trending topic on Twitter this week cause she a track called “Spit Your Game” and she said some bars about getting fucked by 6 guys at the same time.
    She’s 17 years old, and her Mum knows.

    What’s wrong with the world? Is it hard to just be normal anymore?

  51. Real Nigga Shit said:

    this cover is NOT SAFE FOR WORK and NOT SAFE FOR HOME and NOT SAFE FOR CHIRREN…

    AMP you deviant…miscreant…pedophile..molester

    WANKER

  52. Real Nigga Shit said:

    “Certified Plat. You think I’d rather make hits?
    Between me and you I’d rather flip bricks“ – Snowman

    Jeezy is a legend….

    Rawse stole his flow…and ran with it…and Jeezy aint even pass the baton or put the crown on his head.

    Rae said Jeezy the king of the Coke Flow..

    Pusha never moved units or made album sales..

    Young Jeezy is 5-10 x times plat..

    Jeezy only sold 2-3 million combined in all his 4 albums…

    he moves 200-300K a record…and thats on a good day..

    on a bad…day…he moves 100K…at the most..

  53. Lol @ an American saying Wanker!

    *Cant even imagine it

  54. OG niki = eng reps sister

  55. Real Nigga Shit said:

    I’m not American…though..

    but whatever…I’ve lived here long enough..

    but How you think I smash all the bunnies at the USC/UCLA parties..

    I put on my British Accent…The Blondies they flock…and think a nigga from Europe…then I hit em with the “Ay..I’m just here for one night, I leave to London ‘morrow”

    and you know the rest…I smash em in the whip…back seat back shots…

    I got fam in Brixton…for real…I’m not a blogger…I’m not a commenter…I am a street nigga…

  56. @RNS

    Current top 5 in the rap game?

  57. Real Nigga Shit said:

    Aussie Accent > British/UK Accent

    I’ve seen Aussie dudes just come thru…and snatch niggas wives, 5 year relationship girlfriends, baby mamas…and leave with them to an after party or to the tellie..

    and simps and suckers is trying to kurt cobain….when they see the dude with Melbourne Aura or Sydney swag leaving with their heart/love.

    Aussie niggas get respect. Their accent is so distinct and foreign. They get all the hoes…

    “Mate…”

    Props to all my aussie niggas..

    Aussie niggas get more pussy than American niggas..and British niggas combined…

  58. Real Nigga Shit said:

    Un fils de pute est une homme qu’on traite pour l’insulter c’est une insulte.

    Un homme agresse une vielle, un autre homme l’interpelle et lui Et revien la FILS DE PUTE

    Parisian Hoes though >>>>

    You niggas do not know…you never left your block, zip code or mama basement..

    I fly leer jet…

  59. Shanghai23 said:

    i think the weeknd is only one dude though, not a group.

    But for real this is even better than Nostalgia, Ultra, the production is better this makes it overall better

  60. this article is mostly just the writer bragging about how much he is totally up on new music. guess what dude: we all read music blogs, and we all are up on new music. you are writing this on a music blog. congratulations on having a computer.

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