The Weeknd Producer Says He Got Jerked Out Of His Proper Credit


Early fans of dark-electro-R&B artist The Weeknd might recall it was originally a two-man operation. The duo, then comprised of Jeremy Rose and Abel Tesfaye (now the solo Weeknd), was responsible for the viral success of three songs: “What You Need,” “Loft Music,” and the original version of “The Morning.” By the time The Weeknd’s House Of Balloons hit the streets, some things changed, including the lineup and the spelling of the act’s name.

In an interview with Vice, Jeremy Rose discusses his parting ways with Abel Tesfaye (who was recently R&Beefing with The-Dream), and how he created the sound that made The Weeknd an everyday name. Rose discusses meeting Tesfaye at a poutine spot in Toronto. After Tesfaye (then an American Apparel employee) began freestyling for Rose, he knew the artist would be perfect for a sound he was looking to create. “I had this idea for a dark R&B project. I think I talked to Curtis Santiago [aka Talwst, local Toronto R&B dude] about it, but he wasn’t really what I was looking for because he was on some other thing,” Rose told Vice. “Abel seemed to suit the project.”

The project was called The Weekend. Then Rose decided to leave, and an “e” left with him.

“Well, I left. He dropped the ‘e.’ But he was pushing for some things I didn’t want to do, and it got to the point where he wouldn’t respect my opinion,” Rose says. “He wanted me to produce for him without any of my input.” Upon leaving, Rose made it clear to Tesfaye that he wanted his proper credit. After the three aforementioned tracks were leaked by Drake and gave The Weeknd mass appeal, Rose reminded Tesfaye over email that his credit was requested. The email received no response. While Rose doesn’t seem too disgruntled in the interview, he does refer to The Weeknd and his camp as “b-tches.”

Financially, Rose has yet to receive any money from The Weeknd’s success, but his response was cryptic. “We’ll work on it,” he says.


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  • Anthony Bonilla

    People love to wait until their rivals’ success is made before they ask for credit. You sure as hell weren’t asking for credit before Drake co-signed him huh? SMH everyone is a glutton at heart, just take the L and start a new project

    • Did you even read the article properly? i=It said he asked for credit ‘upon leaving’ aka before The Weeknd got popular.

  • Truth

    keep waiting buddy…Drake is a intellectual property thief…He stole from his own girlfriend..Not only that he is signed with Cash Money and Baby don’t pay nobody what they are owed …Juvie, B.G., Turk, Mannie Fresh, Wayne, and multiple producers still owed checks….so sue now or forever hold your peace

  • ovxo

    So the question is, since The Weeknd will now officialy be releasing songs that Jermey Rose produced for sale i. e Trilogy , will Rose be pursing The Weeknd to be compensated? If not, hes a dummy. Not only is he going to lose out on the sales dollars, but he will also be losing out on the Masters.