New Song: The Weeknd – ‘Down Low’ [R. Kelly Cover]

Published: Saturday 9th Sep 2017 by Rashad

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.

Who knows…

Your thoughts?

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  1. ? + ✈ = ? September 9, 2017

    It’s trash

  2. Meteorite September 9, 2017

    Ugh, really?!
    Dahhling no! R. Kelly’s masterpiece was sensuality! It felt and sounded like lust and temptation. It made you want to do things you shouldn’t mention aloud! Made you bit your lip and get wet! Ha-ha yesss dahhling!!!
    This mess just sounds like bad karaoke! His voice quivers nor isn’t silky smooth nor s***. Just no ?

  3. Fancy BISH September 9, 2017

    Love Abel, but have a seat boo boo lol *Does cartwheel like Gabby Douglas*

  4. Neale September 10, 2017

    I clocked his tea way back. This ol’ shepherd for satan ass hybrid ninja would cover an R.Kelly song. Creep squad face ass pervert. Eww

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