Hear The Weeknd’s Demo For Drake’s “Crew Love”

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Drake’s 2011 breakthrough Take Care had some of the Weeknd’s DNA in its newly developed aesthetic, and the Weeknd himself appeared on the R&B jam “Crew Love” among other tracks. Today, years later, the Weeknd’s original Drakeless demo of the song has surfaced.

The Weekend was a major contributor on Take Care. “I gave up almost half of my album,” he said last month. “It’s hard. I will always be thankful—if it wasn’t for the light he shined on me, who knows where I’d be. And everything happens for a reason. You never know what I would say if this success wasn’t in front of me now.”The original version of “Crew Love” has now surfaced online. It contains The Weeknd’s first verse, which appears on the final version of the song, as well as a second Weeknd verse that was taken off in favor of a Drake verse added later. You can hear below: