It goes without saying that The Weeknd has all but dominated the “rnb” scene, though I’d be hard pressed to describe Abel’s magic as “rnb.” In reality, his haunting blend of ominous production and wistful romance have managed to pioneer a subgenre, which in turn influenced an entire generation of young artists. There are certainly elements of said production on “UnFazed,” with reverse delay swells and a melancholic piano arpeggio, but the track’s vibe is more hedonistic than reflective.
The themes are further emphasized by the-in-your-face percussion, over which both artists indulge in some serious braggadocio. They have been finding new ways to steal your girls for years, so why would they stop now? The reality is, both artists have probably stolen their fair share over the past few years, so why not brag a little? Neither one completely reinvent themselves with new and innovative flows, but their presence and charisma is enough to bring this to the next level.
While “UnFazed” isn’t the definitive performance that say, Drake and Weeknd’s “Crew Love” was, it’s a get-hype, enjoyable cut on a generally solid project.