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If an artist doesn’t believe his music is better than the next artist’s, then he or she simply does not belong in the business. The industry is cut-throat, and there is no time to be best buddies with everyone operating in the same genre. And while it would be nice, it’s not realistic to think that all people will get along.
The world just does not work like that. So why are people upset with Miguel?
Recently, the “Coffee” singer received some backlash for comments he made when asked about people comparing him to Frank Ocean and when questioned about whether or not they get along. So what exactly did he say that had people calling him out?
“I wouldn’t say we were friends. To be completely honest — and no disrespect to anyone — I genuinely believe that I make better music, all the way around.”
Those were Miguel’s words in an interview with The Sunday Times.
I’m sure that if similar questions were directed to Frank Ocean, he’d respond with a similar sentiment. Why? Well, when Miguel and Frank Ocean complete the recording of an album, the biggest fan of that compilation of work should be them. Logging in long nights in the studio, writing, perfecting, rearranging and changing – it is all a labor of love. That is why Miguel’s comments were sound. When you know the work you put into something, why would you ever downplay it?
Following up his statement after receiving some flack, Miguel basically told the public, “don’t compare apples to oranges.” In his full response, the singer further clarified his comments. He said that while there is room for all artists, there is also a level of competitiveness and a certain degree of confidence they all need to have in themselves. If he didn’t believe in himself, who would?
“Yes, I am competitive, we ALL have to have a level of confidence and competitiveness to put ourselves on the line day in and day out,” Miguel said. “But I also believe there’s room for all artists.”
Think of your favorite rapper. They wouldn’t be around if they didn’t believe that they were the greatest lyricist of their time, incomparable to any other rapper in the game. The same applies to Miguel. If he doesn’t believe his music is greater than anything you’ve ever heard, then why should we listen to him?
Personally, I love both Miguel and Frank Ocean for very different reasons, so I choose not to compare the two. They make very different music even if they operate in the same “genre,” so it doesn’t make sense for me to make them rivals or overanalyze their work.
In this ever-evolving music business, I no longer see a need to compare one artist with another, but I don’t fault them for the confidence they have in their craft. I’m not interested in trying to compare every woman with a microphone to Beyoncé or Rihanna, every female rapper to Nicki Minaj, or any other of the nonstop matchups and rivalries people try to concoct. Each and every artist should attempt to be more inventive than the other, but they should want to do so for themselves and the for strength of their work.
So, I agree with Miguel. Let’s let apples be apples and [Channel] oranges be oranges.
It has been more than two years since Frank Ocean released his debut album, “channel ORANGE,” and eight months since Ocean was spotted in the studio working on that record’s untitled follow-up. Now he’s back with a new song. Titled “Memrise,” Ocean released the track on his Tumblr page early Friday morning.
Read the lyrics and listen to the song at BlackVoices.com
Uh oh, Russell Simmons may be in trouble.
According to TMZ, Frank Ocean’s estranged father is suing Russell Simmons and his publication Global Grind for $142 million. Calvin Cooksey is taking legal action against Mr. Simmons for defamation, claiming the website has published multiple lies about him and portrayed him incorrectly. He also says Simmons has posted articles about him without using his name and fact checking.
Cooksey has been absent from Frank’s life for much of his childhood and blames his mother for their disconnect. He believes $142 million will cover his loss of work and the distress Simmons has caused him.
Russell has yet to comment on the matter.
What do you guys think? Will Cooksey win in court? Or is this another attempt to gain Frank’s attention?
Kanye West and Jay Z’s critically acclaimed “Watch The Throne” album is back in the news today for their track “Made In America.” The Jasmine Brand exclusively reports, the duo along with Frank Ocean are being sued by musician Joel McDonald for $3 million for copyright infringement.
McDonald claims West, Jay Z and Ocean plagiarized work he released in November 2009 via iTunes. The Jamine Brand writes, “The musician is suing for the trio stealing his music and he wants them to pay for their actions and making money off his work.”
Read the court documents regarding the case here.
Listen to the”Watch The Throne” version of “Made In America,” below.
Here is McDonald’s version of “Made In America.”
Do you think both songs have similar content?
Frank Ocean told Oyster Magazine that he hates shopping for pants but he always manages to find good ones. The 26-year-old has great style but it’s hard to imagine that he has a stylist. Ocean told Oyster that he likes to be free in his creative space:
I didn’t ever have a disciplinarian in my creative life. As a young person I didn’t have — for lack of a better word — I didn’t have a Joe Jackson in my family. I didn’t have that sort of overbearing stage-parent… Or, even, I didn’t even have a parent who encouraged what I did in that way. And — don’t bring out the string section. It’s not really sad — what it did foster is… Well, my attitude was pure. I love to make music, and I love to write. It was writing first. I love to write and express myself in that medium, so that was the pure part — just the love of doing something, but there was also this fantasy of what the lifestyle would be and what the trappings of success would be. There are different little montage clips that you make up in your mind, like what a day in the life would be like once you’re a fully grown whatever-you’re-going-to-become, you know?
When you click continue you’ll see Frank’s dapper style even on stage! Comment and tell us your thoughts.
Style History: 11 Frank Ocean Looks
One song can make or break an artist’s career. The right song can put them on the map, but the wrong song can send them to court, which was the case with these artists sued over their songs.
The Notorious B.I.G.
Even though he’s been dead for almost two decades, The Notorious B.I.G. still isn’t exempt from being sued over his music. Lee Hutson, former lead singer of The Impressions, is suing Biggie’s estate over the alleged illegal use of one of his songs. Hutson accuses the Brooklyn rapper of using a sample of “Can’t Say Enough About Mom” in his 1994 song “The What” featuring Method Man and he only noticed it two years ago. Bad Boy Records filed a pre-emptive claim a few days before Hutson saying any claim about a sample is past the statute of limitations. Negotiation between the two sides broke down and it looks like the suit will be headed to court.
If you’re looking for them, many of the people on this list can’t be found on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or Instagram. They’re reclusive. They don’t like to talk a whole lot and they don’t like to come out of the house for the parties, dinners and things that many of your current favorites put on designer threads for. These uber-talented people like to live privately, keeping their business on the low low and allowing their art to speak for them. Maybe that’s why we like them so much? Here are 10 famous folks known for being reclusive.
Only D’Angelo could step out of the spotlight after releasing his classic debut album, Brown Sugar, come back with the tightest set of abs for Voodoo, step back out and gain a smooth 100 pounds (which we only found out because he got arrested), drop the weight, and return as if all of this never happened. D’Angelo did some touring last year and talked about his music in Brooklyn last month for the Red Bull Music Academy, but for the most part, he weaves in and out of the spotlight, leaving fans in suspense about his next move (like when a third album is coming out!).
Prom Night III: More Throwback Pictures Of Famous Folks Dressed To Impress (And A Mess) For Senior Prom
We know you can’t get enough of looking at (or laughing at) celebrities in their throwback prom pictures. Therefore, we decided to hit you one last time with a flurry of photos of the stars (before they were stars) and their dates on the biggest night of their young lives. Let’s get to it!
Say what you want about petticoats, but Tamron Hall claims that at her high school prom, this huge pink gown helped her get voted “Best Dressed.” She went with her best friend, whose hairstyle was as tall as Hall’s…
Chipotle is suing Frank Ocean and he’s not happy about it.
The Mexican fast food chain (that really does make one of the most delicious burritos you can have at a chain restaurant for under $10) claims Ocean backed out of a $425,000 deal to sing a remake of “Pure Imagination” for an animated ad about factory farming, reports The Los Angeles Times.
In the suit, Chipotle says that Ocean never recorded the track because he was upset that the company’s logo pops up at the end of the animated spot. Court papers also state that the Ocean’s reps emailed Chipotle saying the singer was promised final decision over the recording and all promotional materials tied to the campaign. It also says that Ocean thinks it is Chipotle that is in breach because it refused to remove its logo from the ad.
Chipotle wants back the $215,500 advance it paid to Ocean.
Ocean used Tumblr to respond. He posted a link to the Wikipedia entry for “defamation.”
“And then he uploaded a scan of a cashier’s check in the sum of $215,500 that had Monday’s date on it,” reports the Times. Ocean blacked out the name of the recipient of the money, but in the memo section he scribbled a note telling the company to kiss off in less family-friendly terms (replace “kiss” with an F bomb and you’ll get it).
Fiona Apple wound up doing the spot for Chipotle, which you can watch here. Separately, if this doesn’t make you want to eat all organic or grow your own food, I don’t know… The cows!
Look. I’m all for people being open and honest and comfortable about their sexuality. Lord knows I’m not a fan of folks thinking it’s acceptable to knowingly parade the streets on the “down low,” endangering themselves and others. But I would be lying if I pretended like some of the men in Hollywood who’ve come out as gay or bisexual over the years didn’t have me shedding a single tear and doing the Florida Evans out here (“Damn, damn, DAMN!”). Of course, the chances of me getting with any of these men before I knew of their actual sexual orientation was slim, but I always had a crush or fascination with them to the point that I felt a little sad. But I am happy for them! For the sake of an interesting slideshow though, here are nine fellas I used to crush on that broke my little heart when I found out they were gay or bisexual.