“These b*tches want Nike…they lookin for checks…tell em it ain’t likely…she said she need a ring like Carmelo…she must be on that white like Othello…(Nikes)”
After much anticipation, teasing, & even some pleading from fans, Frank Ocean has finally released his album, entitled Blonde. After releasing a 45 minute visual album on Thursday night, there is finally an album available for purchase from Frank.
Frank’s music is a bit difficult to describe. It certainly bears the elements of a few different sounds & a few different artists, yet it’s still unique to him. There is obviously the R&B/Soul aspect, but also a bit alternative. His lyrics are always raw, as are his vocals, & he seems to operate on a different wave-length. The album begins with Nikes, which involves Frank’s vocals under some alterations & which came with a very colorful & interesting video. In it he sings about many things including, “RIP Trayvon…that n*gga looked just like me.” From there he continues in the mid-tempo with songs about love, the world at large, & Frank’s ideas of gods & heaven. It is meditative, somber at some points, & heartfelt. There are 17 tracks, but there are interludes sprinkled in there.
It is not Channel Orange part 2, though there are similarities. This is an entirely different experience of Frank’s artistry. After the supposed release date set for July of last year, the album is finally here & will certainly be held as one of the highlights in music for the year. Frank did it big with pop-up shops in New York, Chicago, London, & LA today where free copies of his corresponding publication Boys Don’t Cry. In it he lists a long list of contributors to the album, including Beyonce, who can be heard on Pink + White, Tyler The Creator, David Bowie, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, James Blake, Rick Rubin, Kim Burrell, Jazmine Sullivan, James Blake, Andre 3000, who gets his own track in the Solo (Reprise), & many more. Some stand outs tto me are Pink + White, Solo, Close To You, & Godspeed. Unfortunately, the album is an iTunes & Apple Music exclusive. If you don’t have those, I’m sure it will be available elsewhere eventually.
Listen to “Blonde” by Frank Ocean on Apple Music. https://itun.es/us/m6yueb