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The Weeknd Calls Kendrick Lamar "A Genius" After 'Starboy' Album Collaboration

by Cailey Lindberg   Nov 28, 2016 09:03 AM EST

The Weeknd attends the WSJ Magazine 2016 Innovator Awards at Museum of Modern Art on November 2, 2016 in New York City (Photo : Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)

Following the release of his latest album, Starboy, The Weeknd gave an interview about working with Kendrick Lamar to Zane Lowe on Beats 1. The album also includes collaborations with Daft Punk, Lana Del Rey and Future.

The singer was highly complimentary of Lamar during the interview and even referred to the rapper as “a genius” on air. He went on to describe what working with Lamar was like, and claims that he wrote his verse over the course of a full day in the studio.

“It wasn’t just a random Kendrick Lamar verse,” he said to Lowe (via Billboard). “It was something special because, again, I don’t like to say this all the time, but we’ve known each other for a while and it’s crazy how we started connecting on this record.”

The interview aired at midnight this past Friday (Nov. 24) when the Starboy album was released. The album was also released along with a short film, Mania, which is available on VEVO. Starboy is also available across streaming services such as Spotify and iTunes, and was released on XO/Island Records.

The singer had dropped two of the album’s tracks, “I Feel It Coming” and “Party Monster” prior to it’s release. Starboy is noted as being more subtle than it’s predecessor, Beauty Behind the Madness.

The short film Mania contains 6 songs from the album, and was written by the singer. Regular collaborator Grant Singer directed it. The Weeknd also recently released his upcoming tour, Starboy: Legend of the Fall 2017 World Tour, which will be his first spanning the globe.

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