The ‘King of the Fall’ gives us the first single ‘Starboy’ off his upcoming album of the same name.
Yesterday we showed you the reveal of the album title and cover art for The Weeknd’s next album Starboy. Later that same day, one hour before the first day of fall, Tesfaye released the lead single, album release date, and track number stating, “I come alive in the fall time.” With lyrics to decipher we have much more to add after you listen for yourselves.
First, a collaboration with Daft Punk is always noteworthy. Daft Punk’s sound on ‘Starboy’ is more familiar to a modern version of Discovery than Random Access Memories, something that fans are sure to appreciate. The song itself is infectious in its sound and pace. Daft Punk perfectly aid The Weeknd’s smooth voice with their production and the simple, “Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha” of the chorus.
We theorized regarding The Weeknd’s progression both lyrically and personally; would his lyrics continue to be boastful and what does Starboy mean to him?
After listening to ‘Starboy’ we have answers.
Lyrically, Abel is in full on braggadocious mode. The first verse is a reminder that he has more (and better) cars, money, and women than everyone:
‘I’m tryna put you in the worst mood, ah
P1 cleaner than your church shoes, ah
Milli point two just to hurt you, ah
All red Lamb’ just to tease you, ah
None of these toys on lease too, ah
Made your whole year in a week too, yah
Main bitch out your league too, ah
Side bitch out of your league too, ah’
The ‘P1’ is referring to the red McLaren P1 he’s been seen driving in with a sticker price of $1.2 million. He reminds you of this in the verse with, “Milli point two just to hurt you” and continues by mentioning his red Lamborghini which costs about a whole million less. His point being that none of these toys are on lease and he makes about what you make in a whole year in a week. You really are trying to put me in the worst mood, Abel. More specifically, he’s talking to his enemies or anyone that is hating his star status after Beauty Behind the Madness propelled him to fame and fortune. Forbes reported that The Weeknd has earned $55 million in 2016 alone; a net worth that’s drastically increased for the 26-year old who didn’t leave his home country of Canada until he was 21.
He follows with saying his “main bitch,” (in real life he’s dating model Bella Hadid) is out of your league and so is his “side bitch.” We don’t know if this is all bravado or fact at first. It’s hard to tell when real life experiences are mixed with cock measuring. Besides the obvious meaning of ‘Starboy’, it’s also a Jamaican term for a celebrity who likes the company of more than one woman. This is evident in the aforementioned first verse. However, when Hadid was asked if she was dating Abel or The Weeknd she said, “I’m dating Abel. I don’t see him as The Weeknd. I’m proud of The Weeknd and the music he makes, but I really love Abel.”
This leads us to believe that The Weeknd and his new Starboy moniker are truly alter egos for Abel Tesfaye, an enigmatic artist known to be shy, insecure, and boisterous at the same time.
In the pre-chorus Abel reveals some of his personal life as he sings, “House so empty, need a centerpiece”, a metaphor for getting rid of those “side bitches” and focusing on his one woman “centerpiece,” to fill his home. He also states, “Switch up my style, I take any lane” acknowledging how different his sound is from album to album. This is one of the only lyrics in ‘Starboy’ that is more of a “humbling” brag because of the absolute truth behind it which gives The Weeknd an earned confidence to continue to grow and take chances musically. With the chorus he puts the responsibility of who he’s become on all of us (fans, enemies, women, etc.) by stating simply:
Look what you’ve done
I’m a motherfucking Starboy
I’ve listened to ‘Starboy’ throughout the day and have yet to tire of it. If anything, the song has grown on me with repeat listens. My personal favorite line is the wordplay used in, “Star Trek roof in that Wraith of Khan” referring to the lights on the ceiling of a Rolls Royce Wraith and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
According to iTunes, the album will have 18 tracks, with an expected release date of November 25. ‘False Alarm’ is the only other song title listed at this time.