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5 '80s & '90s Artists Who May Have Inspired The Weeknd's New Haircut

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Grammy-winning artist The Weeknd, who is known for both his smooth, sultry, melodic voice and signature dreadlocks, revealed a fresh high-top fade in the new promotional photographs for his upcoming third album, Starboy.

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Lensed by Nabil Elderkin, the man who directed the Canadian singer’s “Twenty Eight” video in 2011, the photos show the singer in a moody light.

Billboard rounded up five artists from the '80s and '90s who may have been the inspiration for the new throwback cut.

Grace Jones

R&B-meets-electronica-funk legend Grace Jones first stepped onto the music landscape with her disco-focused album Portfolio in 1977. Over the last four decades she has mastered her gender-fluid aesthetic and showed how to rock a short back and side quiff style.

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Grace Jones photographed on the set of 'A View To A Kill (James Bond)' in 1985.

Kid 'n Play

New York hip-hop duo Kid ‘n Play helped bring the hi-top fade to the masses, thanks especially to member Christopher “Kid” Reid’s 10-inch iteration.

Bobby Brown

After departing New Edition to pursue a solo singing career, Bobby Brown’s R&B sound resulted in Billboard chart-topper “My Prerogative.” Brown's hairstyle features a slanted hi-top.

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Bobby Brown performs at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Ind. in May of 1989. 

Doug E. Fresh

Rapper and “human beat box” Doug E. Fresh rose to prominence in the mid-'80s when he teamed up with Slick Rick on their track “La Di Da Di.” Since then, he’s had a hand in popularizing the fade haircut, along with the razor parts and designs, usually on the side of the head.

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Doug E. Fresh poses for a portrait session with a fade haircut and wearing a gold medallion and tank top in 1986.

The Fresh Prince

The Weeknd was only seven months old when The Fresh Prince of Bel Air debuted (Sept. 10 1990), however the television program introduced the millennial generation to the style genius of Will Smith.

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Will Smith photographed in 1990 on the set of 'The Fresh Prince of Belair.'