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Listen to The Weeknd Cover R. Kelly's Classic Track 'Down Low'

The Weeknd recently took to social media to drop bread crumbs of a possible upcoming release, posting an image of Drake's OVO Sound Radio logo and the succinct caption, "Down Low." Turns out the cryptic caption was, in fact, the title to a new Weeknd song -- in the form of a new version of R. Kelly's 90s classic hit of the same name. 

On the slow-burning, sultry ballad, The Weeknd is entangled in a love affair with a female who wants to be "secret lovers" but is in a relationship with another man. "While making love to him girl, you're silently calling on me/ What is a man to do in a situation like this?/ I feel there is something that I, I don't wanna miss," he sings to his lady and despite her relationship, he urges her to keep their affair "on the down low." While Abel sticks to Kelly's original lyrics, the Canadian crooner sprinkles his flair onto the nostalgic track, feathering the arrangement with eerie synths and a somber piano melody. 

The Weeknd is currently in phase two of his Starboy: Legend of the Fall Tour and will make his way to Boston, MA, Washington, D.C, Philadelphia, PA and more before heading to Europe in December.

Listen to The Weeknd's cover of R. Kelly's "Down Low" below.