The Weeknd has made it clear that he has no beef with fellow R&B singer Usher and said his comments about “Climax” were misinterpreted.
In a recent Esquire cover story, The Weeknd said, “It wasn’t a feud. I hit him up to apologize and tell him that it was misconstrued.”
“He’s one of the reasons why I make music. Definitely. I have nothing bad to say about Usher. The sweetest, most down-to-earth guy ever,” he added.
In April, The Weeknd, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, said he was “angry” when he first heard Usher’s 2012 song “Climax”.
“I heard Climax and was like, ‘Holy f–k, that’s a Weeknd song.’ It was very flattering, and I knew I was doing something right, but I also got angry. But the older I got, I realized it’s a good thing,” he added.
After the comments, Usher launched a #ClimaxChallenge on social media, where he sang along to the track, although the Weeknd said that his initial comment about his anger was taken out of context.
However, after Usher dropped the #ClimaxChallenge, the song’s co-producer and co-writer Diplo in a series of tweets acknowledged that Weeknd’s 2011 House of Balloons mixtape was a crucial influence.
“The production on Climax lends itself to House of Balloons era @theweeknd. when I heard those early records they blew my mind – soulful in their silences, and a spacey iconic voice that felt uniquely internet,” Diplo tweeted. “The idea of R&B having dark edges was what I wanted to bring to @usher.”
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