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The Weeknd and Future Close Out 2015 With a Perfect, Sad Duet

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It’s pretty much the entire year in song form.

There weren’t very many names bigger this year than The Weeknd and Future. The Weeknd ascended to Michael Jackson levels of popularity with his No. 1 album Beauty Behind the Madness, which featured the very Michael Jackson-y “Can’t Feel My Face.” Meanwhile, Future essentially was hip-hop, further defining a sound of lean-induced autotune-gargling that was imitated across the industry. He also put out a fantastic album, DS2, in addition to dropping the best mixtape of the year, 56 Nights. (Which technically is a DJ Esco mixtape, but whatever.)

So what better way to finish off 2015 than to have both of these guys on the same track?

“Low Life,” which was released for free on Soundcloud, is pretty much the most 2015 thing ever. Besides having The Weeknd and Future trading verses, the song was produced by Metro Boomin, one of the year’s hottest producers, the man behind most of Young Thug’s biggest hits and some of Future’s best work. If there was a tag that captured 2015 rap in a nutshell, it’d be “Metro Boomin want some more…”

And consider the lyrics: Future says the word “squad” in the first 20 seconds; The Weeknd talks about peaking on drugs, and having druggy sex; Future mentions sipping on lean, dropping molly, cheating on his girl, and the afterlife, before rapping, “bitch from Pakistan, what up?” Ultimately, this is the kind of song that perfectly sums up how much fun—and sad—2015 really was.

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