No stranger to remixing or covering a hit or two by pop potentates (Michael Jackson, Beyonce, etc.), Urban music’s mysterious maestro – The Weeknd – is lending his unique vocal take on yet another of one of a music royal’s biggest hits: King of R&B R. Kelly‘s ‘Down Low (Nobody Has To Know).’
The song, a top 5 hit for Kellz when it was released in 1995, has been revamped Abel-style for today’s OVOSOUND Radio. Luckily for fans, the ‘Starboy’s version doesn’t stray too far from the original arrangement.
Find out if he did the song justice below:
Not bad at all. While appreciate The Weeknd for not taking the song too far left, admittedly, his version does lack the vulnerability and sincerity found on the original. That, however, may be due to a vibrato that often sounds like a goat singing near an electric fence.