Frank Ocean

Mar
10
New Music: Frank Ocean, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon, & Diplo – ‘Hero’

Hero

Converse brings together Frank Ocean and The Clash’s Mick Jones and Paul Simonon for the latest in its “Three Artists. One Song” music series. Produced by Diplo, the reggae-and-rock-tinged “Hero” was recorded in London, Hawaii, and Los Angeles, and features additional vocals from the West Los Angeles Children’s Choir.

“I don’t know how we could expect a Clash-Frank Ocean-Diplo song to sound, but this sounds like that,” Diplo told Billboard. “It just has all kinds of vibes on it. We really had no rules.”

“Hero” marks the ninth collaboration in Converse’s “Three Artists. One Song” series, which has featured AndrĂ© 3000, Kid Cudi, Pharrell, Soulja Boy, and Gorillaz.

Download the song for free below.

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Mar
8
Frank Ocean Sued by Chipotle Over Ad Campaign

Frank Ocean

Chipotle is taking Frank Ocean to court. The Mexican fast-food chain has sued the R&B singer for taking money and backing out of a deal to record a song for its ad campaign.

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Mar
7
Frank Ocean Teams with The Clash, Diplo for ‘Hero’

Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean has been quietly working on his new album, but in the meantime, he has teamed up with Diplo and a couple rock legends on a new collaboration.

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Nov
10
Kanye West Joins Tyler, the Creator and Frank Ocean at Odd Future Carnival

Tyler, the Creator and Kanye West

Odd Future celebrated its second annual OFWGKTA Carnival with a Ferris wheel, skatepark, and even Kanye West. The hip-hop collective took over The Park at L.A. Coliseum on Saturday for a fun-filled day. The festivities included rides, food trucks, and live music, and capped off with headlining performances from Tyler, the Creator and Frank Ocean.

Following sets from Flying Lotus, ScHoolboy Q, and Mac Miller, Tyler stormed the outdoor stage. In addition to performing his solo material, he was joined by his Odd Future cohorts Frank Ocean on “She” and Domo Genesis and Hodgy Beats for “Rella.”

After Lil Wayne crashed the stage in 2012, Kanye West was this year’s surprise guest. The G.O.O.D. Music boss, who called Tyler his “mentor” in a recent interview, performed “New Slaves” and his Late Registration cut “Late,” but not before Tyler asked him for a hug.

“Can I have a hug first? I am so fucking happy,” said the 22-year-old MC.

After Tyler fired up the crowd, Frank Ocean closed out the evening with a soulful set that included “Pyramids,” “Forrest Gump,” “Bad Religion,” and “Golden Girl.”

Check out footage from the OFWGKTA invasion below.

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Aug
15
New Music: Earl Sweatshirt f/ Frank Ocean – ‘Sunday’

Earl Sweatshirt and Frank Ocean

Earl Sweatshirt gets “painfully honest” on “Sunday” off his upcoming album Doris, but it’s Frank Ocean’s verse that is getting all the attention. The R&B crooner stunts (“Standing ovation at Staples/ I got my Grammys and gold”) and raps about his fight with Chris Brown on the melodic song.

“They called me soft in high school/ Thank God I’m jagged/ Forgot you don’t like it rough/ I mean he called me a faggot/ I was just calling his bluff/ I mean how anal am I gon’ be when I’m aiming my gun/ And why’s his mug all bloody/ That was a three on one,” he raps.

Doris also features Tyler, the Creator, Domo Genesis, Mac Miller, Vince Staples, and Casey Veggies.

Listen to “Sunday” below and stream the entire album on SoundCloud in advance of its August 20 release.

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Aug
13
New Music: John Mayer f/ Frank Ocean – ‘Wildfire’

John Mayer and Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean lends his voice to fellow singer-songwriter John Mayer on “Wildfire,” a short and sweet ballad off Mayer’s album Paradise Valley, due August 20. The Odd Future crooner brings his peaceful energy to the subtle 90-second song.

Mayer played guitar on “Pyramids” and “White” off Ocean’s album channel ORANGE and performed with him on “SNL.”

“Frank is such an interesting, deep, touched, wonderful guy,” Mayer previously told Rolling Stone. “They don’t make a lot of other Frank Oceans, and the guy is looking for another. And the way that his mind works is craving the same frequency that he’s able to communicate on, and I think he’s just searching for that kind of depth that he has inside of himself in someone else. He’s fascinating to me. He’s so great.”

Paradise Valley, which also features Mayer’s girlfriend Katy Perry, is now available to stream in its entirety on iTunes.

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Aug
9
Tyler, the Creator and Frank Ocean to Headline 2nd Annual OFWGKTA Carnival

OFWGKTA Carnival

Odd Future is taking over Los Angeles once again. Tyler, the Creator and Frank Ocean will headline the second annual OFWGKTA Carnival.

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