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How does a sudden success feels like? From 0 to 100 and from a nobody to superstar: Abel Tesfaye aka The Weeknd experienced this situation within the last years. Abel Tesfaye sings in the song Starboy of his personal success and how this has changed him.

Starboy - The Weeknd

I'm tryna put you in the worst mood, ah
P1 cleaner than your church shoes, ah
Milli point two just to hurt you, ah
All red Lamb' just to tease you, ah
None of these toys on lease too, ah
Made your whole year in a week too, yah
Main b*** out your league too, ah
Side b*** out of your league too, ah

 

House so empty, need a centerpiece
Twenty racks a table, carved from ebony
Cut that ivory into skinny pieces
Then she clean it with her face man I love my baby
You talking money, need a hearing aid
You talking 'bout me, I don't see a shade
Switch out my side, I'll take any lane
I switch out my car if I kill any pain

 

Look what you've done
I'm a motherf***ing Starboy
Look what you've done
I'm a motherf***ing Starboy

 

Every day a n*** try to test me, ah
Every day a n*** try to end me, ah
Pull off in that Roadster SV, ah
Pockets overweight, getting hefty, ah
Coming for the king, that's a far cry, I
I come alive in the fall time, I
The competition, I don't ever listen
I'm in the blue moon song bumping New Edition

 

House so empty, need a centerpiece
Twenty racks a table, carved from ebony
Cut that ivory to skinny pieces
Then she clean it with her face but I love my baby
You talking money, need a hearing aid
You talking 'bout me, I don't see a shade
Switch out my side, I'll take any lane
I switch out my car if I kill any pain

 

Look what you've done
I'm a motherf***ing Starboy
Look what you've done
I'm a motherf***ing Starboy

 

Let a n*** Brad Pitt
Legend of the fall took the year like a bandit
By my ma a crib and a brand new wagon
Now she hit the grocery shop looking lavish
Star Trek groove in that Wraith of Khan
Girls get loose when they hear this song
100 on the dash get me close to God
We don't pray for love, we just pray for cars

 

House so empty, need a centerpiece
Twenty racks a table, carved from ebony
Cut that ivory to skinny pieces
Then she clean it with her face but I love my baby
You talking money, need a hearing aid
You talking 'bout me, I don't see a shade
Switch out my side, I'll take any lane
I switch out my car if I kill any pain

 

Look what you've done
I'm a motherf***ing Starboy
Look what you've done
I'm a motherf***ing Starboy

Look what you've done
I'm a motherf***ing Starboy
Look what you've done
I'm a motherf***ing Starboy

Interpretation of Starboy

Abel Tesfaye has a very narrow definition of wealth: cars, women, drugs. With these attributes, he expresses his current lifestyle. With P1 he means a McLaren, which is in his possession and worth over a million dollars. His red Lamb[orghini] is also mentioned. In addition to the material things, the experiences and the women that accompany his life, he also addresses the dark side. The reference to ivory can be a metaphor for the illegal drug cocaine and its consumption to dampen the emotional pain of such a lifestyle. With the success comes also the internal pressure to maintain it. The constant fight against other artists, who want to chase after him and want to be better and the pressure to deliver new hits are the negative effects. However, The Weeknd states in the song that he is not trying to measure himself with others and there is no competition for him.
He seems to be very self-confident, but confesses in the refrain that he has achieved his status only through his listeners and fans. He quickly became famous, but could also lose all his achievements in a short time. His curse before the word Starboy seems to stress that he would sometimes like to drop his status as a music star. The situation, in which he believes he has everything can make him sad at the same time. The signs of success he mentions may quickly distract him from seeing what is really important and create an emptiness. This seems to have been recognized by the singer and conveyed in the song.

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