Reporting Scott T. Sterling
Canadian alt-R&B Lothario The Weeknd (AKA Abel Tesfaye) has released new song “Live For” featuring fellow Toronto native Drake. It’s the latest single from the Weeknd’s forthcoming album, Kiss Land, which is scheduled to drop on September 10.
The customarily moody and atmospheric tune finds Tesfaye delivering his lyrics over acoustic guitars and orchestral swells, with Drake picking up the hook “This is the sh** that I live for” as the launching pad for his verse, which kicks in around the song’s halfway point.
The pair have previously collaborated on songs like “The Zone,” from the Weeknd’s second mixtape, Thursday, as well as a handful of tracks on Drake’s sophomore album, 2001 release Take Care, including “Crew Love” and “Practice.”
The Weeknd has a long history with Drake, going back to 2011 when his second-ever live show was part of the rapper’s annual OVO Festival. Rumors of a brewing feud between the two seems to have been long squashed.
Tesfaye has been hard at work on more than just the upcoming Weeknd album, releasing a synth-heavy remix of teenage sensation (and Radio.com “New Music to Know” artist) Lorde‘s breakout single, “Royals,” with the original version making the New Zealand native the first female solo act to top Billboard’s Alternative Chart in 17 years. The last time it happened was when Tracy Bonham hit No. 1 with her song, “Mother Mother.”