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For the past four years we’ve all waited. Waited. Waited some more and then waited once again with baited breath. But finally, Frank Ocean has finally released his follow-up to his 2012 debut, Channel Orange.
The credits on this are insane
— HotNewHipHop (@HotNewHipHop) August 20, 2016
Saturday night (Aug. 20), after dropping a cryptic visual album dubbed Endless, he followed up with his sophomore release titled Blond (it also appears as Blonde in Apple Music). The 17-track long play features songs like “Nikes,” which video was also released earlier this week with cameos from Trina and A$AP Rocky, “Ivy” and “White Ferarrai.” While the credits aren’t included on Apple Music just yet, the reclusive singer called on the likes of Kanye West, Beyonce, Andre 3000, Jazmine Sullivan, Kendrick Lamar, Tyler, the Creator, James Blake, Pharrell Williams, Rick Rubin, and even the late Davide Bowie to lend their musical prowess.
Following its release, Ocean took to his Tumblr account to address his fans and thank them for their patience. “I had the time of my life making all of this,” he wrote. Thank you all. Especially those of you who never let me forget I had to finish. Which is basically every one of ya’ll. Haha. Love you.”
Click here to stream Frank Ocean’s Blond.
It was the summer of 2012, when I was an eager junior in college spending the summer months working as an undergraduate student researcher. Procrastinating as usual, I was scrolling through my timeline on Tumblr when a beautiful hue of orange popped onto my screen. To my surprise, I clicked the orange square to find out that it would become the most emotive, compelling and refreshing piece of art in my musical collection. Frank Ocean’s, Channel Orange challenged my ideas on the progression of R&B in a post-’90s world where one whom some might consider ‘weird’ or ‘unusual’ can still grasp the hearts of many with just a few notes.
Fast forward four years later and I am now a 24-year-old grad finding my way in a new career path, a new city, new friends, new ideologies–but no new music from my favorite, Sir Ocean. Yes, I have slight PTSD from all of the false alarms, promises and release dates. Since last year, the passing months have kept me bitter as I never fully believe I will hear the magic Mr. Ocean conjures ever again.
As I surf the net for word on the possible release of Ocean’s latest release, Boys Don’t Cry, I can’t help but laugh at the hilarious memes Ocean fans have shared around the world. Take a look at the best of #WaitingOnFrankOceansAlbum.
Nowadays, being a popular musician is harder than ever. Expectations from the public are high, there’s so much competition, and everyone has to continually reinvent themselves to maintain their relevance. For our faves, we are willing to wait. But some of our favorite artists have had us on hold for a little too long (We’re talking to you, Lauryn Hill!). Let’s look at 11 artists and the albums we’re waiting on.
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!).