*Sigh* Why are people incapable of being objective, son? Like, when folks hear shit that they don’t understand, instead of trying to gain some clarity, they just go on the attack. Look, The Weeknd didn’t diss Usher, man. In fact, he made a statement that made a lot of sense, fam. The truth is, the production on “Climax” DOES sound like some House of Balloons shit. Even so, that doesn’t negate Usher’s legendary status, bruh.
Ok, before I continue, let me say that I fucking love “Climax,” son. On the real, I played that joint A LOT when it came out, man. Shit, I was just happy that Usher was still able to make bangers. Side note, based on my recent post about “Don’t Waste My Time,” Usher’s still got it right now, fam. In any case, the hoopla over “Climax” started after The Weeknd did an interview with Variety. Now, during the conversation, he talked about how House of Balloons changed the sound of music and how it even influenced “Climax.” From there, all hell broke loose.
So, the millisecond after The Weeknd said this, social media flambéed him about Usher’s supremacy. Hell, a ton of people praised Usher’s singing ability and his deeper catalogue. In addition, a bunch of artists, Usher included, started the #ClimaxChallenge where they belted out Usher’s hit. Side note, Usher sang the song laying down and fucking KILLED it, bruh. But, that’s neither here nor there. Moving on, I’m not here to debate whether or not Usher is better than The Weeknd (he is). However, that’s not the fucking argument, son. Listen, if we’re speaking from a production standpoint, then The Weeknd is right. “Climax” borrowed elements from his early sound.
Look, whether we’re talking about the spaced out arrangement or the dark synths, “Climax” has a different sound than any Usher song that preceded it. I mean, it’s not a coincidence that it came out a year after The Weeknd’s classic mixtape run of House of Balloons, Thursday and Echoes of Silence. Furthermore, Diplo, the guy who produced the fucking song, even admitted that he was influenced by The Weeknd’s initial work. So, what are we even debating, man? If the dude who’s responsible for the sound said that he borrowed a vibe, then there’s no argument to be had. Frankly, people are in their feelings over some bullshit, fam.
In the end, folks just need to relax, bruh. Ultimately, no one was disrespecting Usher. By and by, it’s okay to acknowledge that a legend tipped his hat to another artist. At the end of the day, great artists are able to adapt with the times and make it their own. All in all, that’s exactly what Usher did with “Climax.” So, how about we all calm the fuck down and just enjoy the music. That is all. LC out.