Frank Ocean Reveals Lost Nas Song, Makes Beyoncé Cry

Nas and Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean has worked with superstars including Beyoncé, Jay-Z, and Kanye West, but one collaboration we may never hear is with Nas. The Odd Future crooner reveals a lost record with the hip-hop legend.

In an interview with The New York Times, Ocean says that he and Nas recorded a song called “No Such Thing as White Jesus,” but it was lost due to a technological error. While album deadlines prevented him from recreating it from scratch, he was able to recall some of the lyrics.

“Whatever you do, young king, don’t wind up dead,” he sings. “Young queen, cross your legs/ Put a crown on your head and remove the chains/ ‘Cause even diamond chains are for slaves/ Don’t set foot in no penitentiary/ And don’t taste the poison/ Don’t you bail on your families.”

He also shared how Beyoncé reacted upon hearing “I Miss You,” the ballad he penned for her album 4. “She came in and heard the song, and she shed a tear and recorded it,” he said, “and I wanted to shed a tear.”

Ocean is gearing up for the release of his Def Jam debut Channel Orange on July 17 and will launch a North American tour on July 13.

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74 Comments

  1. jeremydante

    people who heard nostalgia: ultra knew that frank would be as big a star as he will be when this album drops.

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    Aaron Reply:

    @jeremydante, I surely can’t wait.

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    Ice Reply:

    @jeremydante, Nostalgia Ultra was of god-like status, this album will be polytheistic.

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    Troy Reply:

    @jeremydante, TRUUU!!! His talent speaks volumes!!!!

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    Say word Reply:

    @jeremydante, You ain’t never lie. And I’m going to the new York show

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    Pure Reply:

    @jeremydante,
    Truth.

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  2. This_IsPJ

    we know Beyonce is good for shedding ‘A’ tear… I really wish we could have heard the Nas collab though.

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    StarsAreBlind Reply:

    @This_IsPJ, Oh, you did that one.

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    RealIssh Reply:

    @This_IsPJ, I think Frank’s song “4 Tears” is a better explanation for Bey . Four #1 albums in a row , haha . “Now, that’s 4 tears.”

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    Morgan Reply:

    @RealIssh, YESSSSSSS!!!!

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    maya Reply:

    @RealIssh, go awf!

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    Phoenix Wright Reply:

    @This_IsPJ, !!! oh crap, truuu

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    BEDSTUYFLY Reply:

    @This_IsPJ, OOP.

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  3. F*CK THE NAVI

    HONESTLY, BEY NEEDS TO SING THAT SONG ACOUSTIC! IT’S RAW AND BEAUTIFUL. NO BASS OR NOTHING! JUST HER VOICE!

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    Realist Reply:

    @F*CK THE NAVI, lol just what we expect, a beyonce stan to type in caps..ignorant ass, gurl bye with yo ghetto self.

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    F*CK THE NAVI Reply:

    @Realist,

    YO MOTHER, H_E!

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    Realist Reply:

    @F*CK THE NAVI, yo mother, HE what?..sorry i don’t speak in ebonics.

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    maya Reply:

    @Realist, how does typing in caps make you ghetto? Please sit in the closest chair next to you. If you were REALLY a “realist” you would deal with the fact that Beyonce is queen.

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    Realist Reply:

    @maya, lol you’re funny. the last time i check queen elizabeth is the queen. that’s how real i am.

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    maya Reply:

    @Realist, Not in America she ain’t.

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    maya Reply:

    @F*CK THE NAVI, That’s acapella, not acoustic.

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  4. coolio

    I still listen to Nostalgia: Ultra . its just simply genuis!

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    Good Motherfuckin Music Reply:

    @coolio, not genuis

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    coolio Reply:

    @Good Motherfuckin Music, Oops sorry I meant ingenious!

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    T Reply:

    @Good Motherfuckin Music, NEVER GETS OLD!

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  5. ALONZO WILSON

    Beyonce i glad you emotional with all your songs

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  6. Antonio DeJoyce

    A star in the making.. :)

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  7. Mimi

    miss you is my favourite song on 4

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  8. Lauren

    12 more days until channel ORANGE.

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  9. boom boom

    i can’t wait for Frankie to really blow up universally and get the recognition he deserves, he just need one comercial hit, or give a comer hit to someone super famous worldwide such as Rihanna, just like it happened with Calvin Harris.

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    minto Reply:

    @boom boom, that actually sounds enticing…i wouldnt be surprised if it happens

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    Realist Reply:

    @boom boom, hmm that’s quite interesting now that you mention it, *fingers cross, hoping they work together in near the future..i hope it would be indie with a bit of r&b influence. something like what she and Coldplay did.

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  10. meme

    now will luther vandross come out the closet next?

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    ashley carmicheal Reply:

    @meme, …

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    Xavier Reply:

    @meme, Classless.

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    Pure Reply:

    @Xavier,
    LMFAO….

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    Beyoncé:I Am Your Leader Reply:

    @meme, Typical classes Rihanna stans.

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    blessed Reply:

    @Beyoncé:I Am Your Leader, *has beyonce in title*

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    RealIssh Reply:

    @blessed, *Reading a post about Beyonce* , *Commenting a post on Beyonce*

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    Realist Reply:

    @Beyoncé:I Am Your Leader, classes?! girl bye. typical uneducated beyonce stans.

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    Navy Reply:

    @Realist, DEATH, read that b*tch

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    Will Reply:

    @meme, So disrespectful. Luther Vandross is dead u fkn idiot.

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    Ramon Reply:

    @meme, The irony in all of this is that a Rihanna stan is trying to shade someone. Doesn’t get much more pathetic than that.

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    maya Reply:

    @meme, For some very ODD reason the navy thinks their pot head fave is the “baddest bitch in the game” well if that was so she would vocally give Adele a run for her money, have 16 grammys, a #1 movie, praised by greats, & wouldn’t have 6 flop albums in a ROW. Correct? Correct.

    Not only is she 7 years deep in her career & still an under average performer, her education only goes up to the 11th grade which explains the excessive typos in her tweets.

    Before you shade anyone, even has beens like Britney Spears & Lil Kim, CHECK what you support!

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    Realist Reply:

    @maya, here we going again with the 3 paragraphs which i didn’t even bother to read..LMAO Rihanna have you bitch*es rolling in ya’ll sleep ..#rihanneffect

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    RealIssh Reply:

    @Realist, Can’t spell ur faves name right #hoemygawd #BeyonceShakingLettersOffYouHoes

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  11. staci

    who rights lyrics like that??? this guy is JUST a god amoug insects

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  12. Rachel

    Hopefully they’ll consider re-doing the song for Frank’s sophomore album.

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  13. :)

    We can get a man to the moon, but we can’t recover a missing song?

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    Pilar Reply:

    @:), RIGHT.

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  14. ayyeee

    Im gon be hearing songs about his lover in his new album but its cool i like this nigga anyway..talent is talent after all.

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  15. boom boom

    @staci, say hello to Frank Ocean ; )

    @:), it is not as easy as it looks, trust me, or else, I am pretty sure they would have done something to do it by now. I am sure they will try to remake the song, and knowing how Frank is, he probably put even MORE efforts into it, to make it wayyy better.

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    :) Reply:

    @boom boom, Yeah, we’ll see. A Nas and Frank Ocean collaboration would be cool.

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  16. tony

    Props to frank. And is it just me or is the only thing beyonce brings to the table is her voice. She doesn’t write *check credits for all her big hits I.e irreplacable *neyo, single ladies, *dream. She doesn’t compose any music, she doesn’t play an instrument, and she doesn’t produce her records. Overrated to me

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    RealIssh Reply:

    @tony, Name someone else that writes all their songs that can dance , sing , act , and perform their ass off for a full show ? Don’t worry , I’ll wait .
    Before u say Alicia Keys , she doesn’t dance or perform her ass off . Drake’s written for her & Sevyn .
    I dare you to say Rihanna or any basic heaux below her .

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    HEARTS HEAUX!!! Reply:

    @RealIssh, I KNOW A FEW FEMALES WHO SING DANCE WRITE THERE OWN MUSIC & PUT ON A LIVE SHOW TO BACK IT UP!!! BUT I’LL SAY ONE IN PARTICULAR… DAWN RICHARD, FORMALLY OF DANITY KANE & DIRTY MONEY…SHES A STAR ON THE RISE ALREADY HAD A ALBUM THAT WENT #1 IN 3 HOURS FOR HER EP, HER MIXTAPE DID A MILLION DOWNLOADS IN 2 WEEKS HER SOUND IS ONE OF A KIND, SHE IS IN HER OWN LANE & TO BE HONEST I HAVE YET TO SEE ANY FEMALE THAT DELIVERS & HAS THE SWAG SHE HAS….

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    RealIssh Reply:

    @HEARTS HEAUX!!!, Thats when your comment becomes irrelevant @ swag . I listen to Talent , not for Swag .
    But I agree w/ you on her being in her own lane . She’s very talented , I want to see her succeed .

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    Lisa Reply:

    @tony, if that is what you require a singer does, then yes, she is overrated. But that is exactly the point. She is a singer, and a great one at that. Because she is so succesful, people tend to think that she is overrated. I actually think that people overlook the amount of hard work and discipline that it takes to be Beyoncé and that only Beyoncé can pull that off. It is not realistic to expect her to be able to write, compose and produce. Those are three different crafts and to master them all takes a lot of time. It is possible, but very few can do it. And have you seen this woman perform? I mean, really? Overrated? That does not make any sense.

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    Jay Reply:

    @tony, Thank you! Ive been saying that for such a long time! in my opinion the people that deserve respect for her music are Tricky Stewart and The Dream

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  17. TheDreamer

    Too bad the song got lost, that would have been an amazing song. I love Frank’s writing and production style..I can’t wait for the album.

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  18. Miles

    The song was for Nas’ album. If was gonna have Frank O. Ty;er the Creator and Hodgy Beats also

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  19. Jay

    That’s a cool story about Beyonce! Man, I would’ve cried too if Beyonce love my song and was recording it. I wouldve waited until she left the room though. Haha I Miss You is definitely one of my favorites songs off the album 4. That album is amazing! Can’t wait to hear Frank’s album! :)

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  20. Lisa

    I have been hooked on him since I saw his set on Coachella. Got some money saved up for Channel Orange, I am so stoked! The 16th couldn’t come any sooner.

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  21. BKNYgrinDin

    Frank Ocean ft Razz B – ” KingDone Cum “

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    Sub0 Reply:

    @BKNYgrinDin,

    lol
    Frank Ocean feat. R. Kelly, Sisqo, Mister Cee, and Eric Sermon (with ad libs by Eddie Murphy), “Trapped in the Closet Pt. 24 – The Empire Strikes Black”

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    err Reply:

    @Sub0,

    frannk ocean ft brandy & monica – ‘the boy is mine (pt 2)’

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  22. maya

    hopefully they find time to record that song again, the chorus is amazing!

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  23. ASIPOFBRANDY

    I can’t wait to see what Frank does next, I was formally introduced to his music and incredible writing skills from my girl B’Rocka as she was the first to work with him, so thank you Bran cause I am now a fan. #SCAREDOFBEAUTIFUL is a great song!

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  24. ASIPOFBRANDY

    LOOOOOOVVVVVEEEE Nas by the way and his I wish they’d record the song so it can be heard.

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  25. tony

    @lisa I agree with you all, it is hard to master Many a craft, but that’s why the greats are the greats and the stars are only the stars. Singing is equivalent to playing an instrument and beyonce is a good singer and a good performer no doubt. My point though, is that she is not a great creative artist to me. Nothing she sings about and none of her albums break strange creative groound. Some would say *well mariah carey doesn’t really do anything but sing. To them I would say, mariah carey has a better voice than beyonce but doesn’t write her own stuff either (post 98). To be a complete artist to me you have to write at least a better part of your material. Your heart, your soul on that page is what makes you a complete musician. What beyonce does make her a great performer.

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    Jay Reply:

    @tony, A lot and I mean a lot of Beyonces stage presence, dances, costume and even hair are just based off Tina Turner. Its a weird thing when you think about it. Like people just seem to almost copy other artists…When was the last time someone really created something different?

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    Carlos Reply:

    @tony, I would only correct your assertion that Mariah hasn’t written her own songs since 98. She has collaborated on every single song she ever released that wasn’t a cover, since 1990 to the present day. Of the original songs she’s written her contribution is 100%. Other writers have worked with Mariah, but if Mariah wasn’t in the room, those songs wouldn’t exist. Beyonce changes a word or two or creates a harmony arrangement and gets a writers credit. Frank Ocean’s of I Miss You is identical in lyrics and melody to Beyonce’s. I have no idea what she could’ve contributed to the song, but somehow she got on there as a writer.

    the difference with Mariah is,
    Mariah since the beginning worked in collaboration with other writers. collaborating with them on melody and lyrics, but she is the creative source. her lyrics and melodies always have come from her and always will.

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  26. Jade

    I love that kid. Amazing.

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  27. Rose

    I love Vanessa,she’s my idol.But I think it’s really uafinr that people are putting her down after ONE mistake!!!People think she must be perfect because she works with Disney.But the pic’s in my opinion were her in her private life,and it was just a mistake they got on the internet.She’s not perfect and never will be!!Nobody is .

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