Happy Birthday, PARTYNEXTDOOR!
It doesn't really take that deep of a look at music to see that Toronto is on the come up. While Drake is the clear general and the Weeknd is the unaffiliated lieutenant, PARTYNEXTDOOR remains one of the big stars in the making. The OVO singer turns 22 years old today (July 3).
PARTYNEXTDOOR, whose real name is Jahron Anthony Brathwaite, was originally pegged as the all-caps OVO replacement for the Weeknd. Their career starts were similar: both come from seemingly nowhere, both were surrounded by moody production and both got a boost from that ever-important Drake co-sign. The main difference is that PARTYNEXTDOOR stuck with the OVO clique.
Eventually, PARTYNEXTDOOR outgrew the original peg and wooed female fans and R&B lovers through his love as after-hour drug shtick. The Mississauga crooner dropped his debut mixtape in July 2013 to a decent response and took his moody, nocturnal sound a step further with his second project, which dropped late last year.
Despite the attention, PARTYNEXTDOOR is still a star in the making since he doesn't really have that one hit song yet. Drake is still putting him on, though. The Canadian singer was on two songs from If You're Reading This It's Too Late: "Wednesday Night Interlude" and "Preach." He definitely made the most of those features.
In the end, PND remains a mysterious figure in the R&B world. When MTV News asked him why he remains so private, he responded, "All I care about is the music. It’s just a lot of extra s--- that people do that I don’t think is necessary."
He then adds, "I’m going to make the music I make regardless and it’s always going to be driven by rhythm and blues and hopefully it becomes popular. But I don’t cater to, like, 'OK, I want to make music that’s going to fit in this pop world or go on the charts, etcetera, etcetera.' Hopefully, enough people like it so it becomes popular."