Way back when Drake’s October’s Very Own blog posted the initial batch of songs by the Weeknd — “What You Need,” “Loft Music” and “The Morning (Original Version)” — the songs’ production was credited to a Jeremy Rose, who eventually split off from the Weeknd project. In a recent Vice interview, Rose reveals that stuff is, well, not cool with his alleged former partner.
VICE: Right. When you two first met, was Abel’s creative direction heading in the same direction it has been over the past year?
ROSE: No. When I met him I heard some of the stuff that he was doing. It was called the Noise. Remember that? It came out after he broke. It was this group, with him and another producer and it was called the Noise. They were a straight kind of R&B, just really light and kind of candlelight… [sings] “I wanna see you in your birthday suit”… And I was just like, “Aw, fuck that shit. No man, let’s talk about, fuckin’ and getting too high and trying to fuck bitches and it not working out. Let’s get really grimy about it.”
Hmmm. He continues:
VICE: If you Google around a bit, there are certain blogs that do give you credit—the early adopters, I guess.
ROSE: Yeah, but that’s because they were the ones who were [up on us immediately]. It was Jeremy Rose and Abel Tesfaye. It took a long time for it to turn around because it was all word of mouth. To the early blogs, I was still part of the group. But then when the New York Times and all the big guys started covering it—
VICE: They were writing about it like it was some mysterious project, like Daft Punk or something. “Who is the Weeknd?”
ROSE: It was just Abel and his tracks…
Read the whole thing here. Not being a devil’s advocate here, because the Weeknd has obviously tacked down a slew of lucrative show bookings like Coachella, but with regard to this slice of the interview:
VICE: So you haven’t received a cent from anything the Weeknd has released?
ROSE: No, not yet. We’ll work on it.
Since Weeknd’s albums are available for free, I don’t think Tesfaye has made a cent off of the recordings themselves. But yeah, dude has a case if this all stands up.