He’s coming in hard with a remixed version of “Rambo.” Taking on the Bryson Tiller track, the Weeknd, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, keeps his singing delivery but speeds it up and proves he has a melodic yet versatile flow.
“I just signed a deal so big that it’s a secret / Victoria’s Secret Angels dancin’ ’round me for a reason / Spread your wings for me like I’m Freddie Mercury / But baby, you should call me king, you know that it’s my season,” Weeknd rap-sings.
Erykah Badu will be battling Abel this week with her version of Wintertime’s “Thru It All.”
Erykah goes for the slow lyrical burn on the buzzy 2015 instrumental and keeps the pace to the original. But it’s in this laid back approach do we really get a the strength of what she’s saying and how she’s not about to take anyone’s BS.
“I think I’ve been too nice / This is where the s— ends / Y’all got too relax, can’t stick with the f—ing facts,” she raps, adding, “All of this could’ve been avoided / A n— really had to snap / ‘Cause I’ve been goin thru it all / Ain’t nobody had my back.”
Who will win this week’s The BoomBox Battle? Will it be The Weeknd’s aggressive banger or Erykah Badu’s slow burner? It’s time for you to decide. Vote in the poll below. Remember, you can vote once every hour until Tuesday, May 3 at 10AM EST.
Listen to The Weeknd’s “Rambo (Remix)”
Erykah Badu’s Song “Thru It All (Remix)”
Rules of The Boombox Battle
Two artists and their respective songs compete against each other each week. The triumphant artist goes on to compete in the next The Boombox Battle. If an artist wins The Boombox Battle four times consecutively, their song will be honored in The Boombox Battle Hall of Fame.