In 2011, The Weeknd released a trio of mixtapes that would eventually become known as The Trilogy. Arriving at the same time as electronic music was starting to really blow up in America, the dense, thick, dubby, druggy sound was a huge hit in the underground, and it didn't take long for the mainstream to catch on.

It was during this time that The Weeknd was also still largely anonymous. He hadn't come close to the pop star status he is given now, and instead was retreating in the shadows where he made his moody music. It wasn't until Drake came along that the rest of the world really started to pay attention, and we all know where his status is now.

Fifty Shades of Grey theme songs and features with Ariana Grande may have made The Weeknd a household name, but it was these early tapes that lifted him up initially. Today, we're throwing it back to The Weeknd's 2011 mixtape cuts off House of BalloonsThursday, and Echoes of Silence.