This Sunday marks 10 years since The Weeknd crept onto the scene with his 9-track debut mixtape, 'House of Balloons,' starting his path to global superstardom – anonymously – and shifting the sound of popular R&B altogether to something darker and more moody.
To celebrate this special moment in time, The Weeknd announced that 'House of Balloons' will arrive on streaming services on Sunday "in its original incarnation," meaning the OG mixes and samples will be included.
A true classic: There are 8 notable samples across the project, per Hip-Hop By The Numbers, that The Weeknd and his team have worked to clear, including Aaliyah's 2002 Grammy-nominated track "Rock The Boat" on "What You Need."
Another more fleeting sample can be heard near the end of "House of Balloons / Glass Table Girls" when The Weeknd raps, "But I'm a nice dude / With some nice dreams," a nod to Pharrell's opening bars in the first verse of "Drop It Like It's Hot" alongside Snoop Dogg.
At the moment, fans can only find songs from 'House of Balloons' on streaming as part of the 'Trilogy' collection, which features The Weeknd's two other essential mixtapes that followed his debut in 2011, 'Thursday' and 'Echoes of Silence.'
Gonna be fye: In addition to the digital rerelease, a special merch capsule and a limited-edition vinyl of which only 1,000 copies will be made available are set to arrive on The Weeknd's site at 3 p.m. ET.
The capsule includes a design that reimagines the iconic 'House of Balloons' covert art courtesy of Daniel Arsham, a popular artist who's worked with DIOR, Porsche, IKEA and others.
"The summer of 2011 will always be marked by 'House of Balloons,'" Arsham said in a statement. "Like a time travel device, the album transports me back to that specific moment in time every time I listen. It is a great privilege to work with The Weeknd and the XO team to reimagine the iconic album art of 'House of Balloons' as an eroded sculpture for the 10-year anniversary."