It’s not necessarily fair to call The Weeknd a hip hop artist. It would be similar to calling Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange a hip hop album, or calling Ocean a hip hop artist at all.
The two of them get compared frequently. There is definitely a strong hip hop influence, but both of them have as many similarities to Beach House as they do to Jay Z. Seriously. Listen to the linked track, and then listen to the new Weeknd track, and tell me you don’t hear a strong similarity.
That is a story for a different day, but in short, this spacy Weeknd track is right up his alley. He hasn’t progressed the way I wanted/hoped for to this point in his career, but he still has a lot of career to do that. In the meantime, check out his new track: