My journey for inspiration may seem like masochism to others who have not been given the task to make art, but best believe it brings me nothing but joy.

from The Weeknd – To My Fans (Oct. 4) Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Many people believe that The Weeknd is a masochist, one that uses sexual pleasure to cope with pain. Here, Abel is saying that he does not hurt himself to find inspiration for his music but he is rather enjoying sharing his experiences.

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