Wiz Khalifa is the fun-loving, laid back stoner MC. The Weeknd‘s Abel Tesfaye is the mysterious, druggy crooner. Aesthetically, it’s a good match, but musically, the two fall on opposite ends of the spectrum. Wiz’s music is bouncy and light, the party. Abel’s R&B is pensive and angular, the comedown.
So we were curious to see how the two would fit together on “Remember You,” from Wiz’s delayed O.N.I.F.C. (now slated for a December 4 release). Would the musical styles clash, or would one side win out? Or would their dual penchant for drugs somehow overcome all differences? Listen to the full track after the jump to find out.
As you can see, er, hear pretty much immediately, The Weeknd’s PBR&B won out over Wiz’s hesher-hop. Distant thuds, echoing vocals, looping riffs — these are Tesfaye’s trademarks. And the whole affair sounds like it was recorded on the far end of a tunnel, which is pretty much his thing, too.
But Wiz wears it well (filed under: things not said about his O.N.I.F.C. cover). The spare arrangement draws attention to his sometimes choppy flow, but overall it’s a drippy, Drake-ian listen full of The Weeknd’s sinister sexual boasts and Wiz’s party antics (“all of the shit that I did I probably won’t remember tomorrow”).
One thing, though: what’s with the weird groan at 2:46?