Lemonade's surprise release over the weekend gave Canadians an extra boost when they discovered Toronto's The Weeknd was featured in "6 Inches" on Beyoncé's now viral album
He may have won a bunch of Grammy's, walked away with the most Junos of any other artist and, along with fellow Canadians Drake, Justin Bieber and Alessia Cara, absolutely killed it for the 2016 Billboard Music Awards, but The Weeknd just achieved a career high with his guest appearance on Beyoncé's visual album Lemonade. Beyoncé's surprise release hit Tidal, the streaming service she co-owns with Jay-Z, over the weekend, immediately going viral and sparking near-simulteanous accolades from fans and critics alike. And unless you knew of Abel Tesfaye's previous collabs with the hip-hop power couple, including opening for Jay-Z in a stop on his Made in America tour in September, it might have come as a shock to find The Weeknd as one of the few featured artists on the singer's hip-hop opera.
The Canadian appears on the fifth track of the album, entitled "6 Inches," which plays up the theme of a woman's struggle to make it to the top in a male dominated industry, whatever industry that may be. "She don't gotta give it up / She professional," Tesfaye sings in his velvet tenor between a distorted, drugged-out chorus, "she already made enough but she'll never leave." The 26-year-old singer has achieved a succinct blend of soul, R&B and hip hop to form his unique sound, so it's no surprise artists, from fellow Torontonian Drake to Atlanta rapper Flow, want to collab with him. As he influences his contemporaries, so too do his influences reach back, including The Weeknd's childhood love affair with Prince, who was a resident of his native city in the early 2000s. What do you think of "6 Inches"?