It's been just over five years since Abel Tesfaye released his debut mixtape House of Balloons. The influential release didn't just set the stage for the career of one of pop's most iconic modern voices. It altered the landscape of modern music, period. Ever since HoB there have been a number of artists who borrow something from The Weeknd's style, and it's a case of "often imitated, never duplicated," as the Toronto singer remains at the top of the game he created.
As The Weeknd's sophomore major label full-length Beauty Behind the Madness continues to thrive on the Billboard charts and send the singer to headline massive shows around the world, let's not forget where he came from. There was once a time where Abel was semi-anonymously making moody R&B without a lick of fame, and then there were the in-between times when he was being tapped for help from the likes of Drake, Wiz Khalifa, and Juicy J. Let's throw it back to some of his older cuts, shall we?