MUSIC: Frank Ocean – “Lens”

“I got two versions.” -Frank Ocean

And that he does.

Last night (Saturday, April 22) Frank Ocean released a new song titled “Lens” on another surprise episode of blonded RADIO on Apple Music.  Funny how Frank disappeared for four years before giving us Blonde, and now he’s dropping surprise radio station episodes AND new tracks.  Any who.  One version is with Frank solo dolo, but the other features one of my absolute favorites – Travi$ Scott.

The version with just Frank is around four minutes long, and the one with Travi$ is a little over six, and it is everything.

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 “Lens” has a god-like sound and exudes some MAJOR Kanye “808s & Heartbreak” vibes.  The Auto-Tune.  Wow.  I’m listening now as I’m writing this, and I’m so obsessed.  This song should honestly be called “Vibes” instead of “Lens.”  Imagine listening to this while floating in the ocean, riding a bike along the beach, exploring your city, driving down the freeway in the rain – it fits so many scenarios.  Here for it.

And as if the song can’t get any vibey-er (obviously not a word), Frank calls on La Flame to take “Lens” to the next level.  Now, I heard “Lens” last night but didn’t hear the T. Scott version until I was driving home from a friend’s house this AM.  And fam am I glad I didn’t hear it until then.  Driving up the 405 with the windows down and sun shining – w o a h.  I definitely had a moment.  A moment of inspiration and just thinking how epic the hip-hop community is and all these amazing collabs we continue to get.  Our favorite artists hopping on tracks with one another that we wouldn’t expect.  Hearing familiar sounds of other artists on certain songs and albums.

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Got a little sidetracked there, but I think it’s important for us as fans to really appreciate not just a new song but the artist(s) behind those songs and the magic that went down to get us that new song.  Now I’m sure most tracks don’t come together in one singular moment, but I would love to be in a recording studio for when that happens.  Or just in general.  I think it would be very motivational.  Bucket list item for sure.

Okay, enough of me rambling.  Listen to the two versions below, and let me know if you catch the same vibe I did.

Hope yinz are having the most epic Sunday!

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So Close…

Okay, can we just get the song already?  Calvin Harris initially teased the track, officially called “Slide,” featuring Frank Ocean a few weeks ago, and now we can confirm FO is on it as well as Migos.  I am here for this.

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Listen to another snippet of the song with some vocals from Migos’ Offset below.

Anxiously awaiting…

Check back for when the song actually drops!

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Review: Frank Ocean – “Endless”

Sup, yinz?  Last night we FINALLY received new music from Frank Ocean who has been in hiding for the last four years.  Well not really in hiding – he was seen drag racing with Tyler, The Creator the other night in LA but musically he has been hiding.

Although I wanted to go to bed early last night, I couldn’t resist and just had to watch, yes watch, his new music.  I mean, I did stay up quite late for a whole week watching an ENDLESS (supposed) live stream of him building this staircase, so I felt I had to watch immediately.

Any who, Frank debuted a visual album titled Endless.  Many thought, including myself, the project was going to be called Boys Don’t Cry, but nope.  He changed it on us.  However, there are rumors and speculations that he will drop another project this weekend that could be titled Boys Don’t Cry.  Stay tuned for that one.

Anyway, check out my review of the project below!  Did you watch Endless?  If so, what did you think?  Also, does anyone know why he changed the title to Endless or what the staircase is for?  I don’t actually know, but maybe it’s a metaphor of some type?  An endless staircase?  We will be endlessly waiting for a true album from him?  So many questions.  No real answers.

Check it!

Happy Friday, yinz!  And be sure to follow me on Snap to see more reactions, reviews, and ridiculous moments… ergense.

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Can it be Friday yet?

UPDATE 8/4; 5:37PM PST:  And the dude is back.  #FrankDoesScience

I suggest you tune into my Snap because not only have I been following this all week, but when this ish drops… just saying.

And while we wait for Boys Don’t Cry, you can listen to a playlist of all the instrumentals that were featured in the live stream thus far.

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UPDATE:  Apple Music Tweeted just a bit ago a link to the live stream that was originally on Frank’s album site.  But now when you click the link, it takes you to the stream on Apple Music.

I’m about to share a major key with  yinz… GET APPLE MUSIC.  Too many (epic) artists are signing deals with the streaming platform, and you don’t want to be the lone listener trying to find the song, album, mixtape, etc. from some janky site.

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[original post continued here] …and not because of the weekend.  And if anyone should be checking the time, it should 100% be Frank.  Hello, sir.  Where are you?

So, it’s been a minute since I’ve posted, and I know I said I was starting a new weekly series, but chill fam, life happens, and I get caught up.

Anyways and more importantly, we not only have Travi$ Scott dropping his new album this Friday but now reports are saying Mr. Frank I’veBeenHidingForFourYears Ocean will also be dropping his album.

Since this morning, I’ve had Frank’s Boys Don’t Cry site up – still up now – because at midnight on the West Coast he launched this stream.  I’m basically trolling myself because I hear the live stream is really just a video loop.  But in the small chance Frank pops out and live streams his album, I need to be the first to know and share the info with yinz.

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So Sara May Cry if he doesn’t actually drop this album on Friday, and if he doesn’t, at least I have Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight to fall back on.  Not going to lie though, I’m probably a little more excited for Travy’s album anyway.

Definitely stay tuned to this post for more updates.

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Miguel or Frank Ocean?

I’m torn!  Miguel was very recently interviewed by the U.K.’s Sunday Times where he stated he believes he makes better music than Frank Ocean, who he actually ran into at a hotel bar in London during the interview (Kylie, he’s alive!).

Miguel is quoted saying, ‘To be completely honest—and no disrespect to anyone—I genuinely believe that I make better music, all the way around.”

I keep going back and forth in my head as to who I think makes better music.  Miguel incorporates funk, hip hop, and edgy styles into his jams, while Ocean’s music features unconventional melodies that hover between speech and song.

Both are considered to be in the new wave of R&B and tend to sing about the same topics – love and nostalgia to name a few.  And when they both hit that falsetto!  I just can’t decide, you guys.

What do yinz think?!

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Weekly Wrap-Up 4.10.15


Frank Ocean TumblrFRANK OCEAN TO RELEASE ALBUM IN JULY 2015
On Monday, April 5, Mr. Ocean finally took to his Tumblr to announce the follow-up album to his 2012 release ‘Channel Orange.’  This has been a long time coming – the man was MIA for about a year.  The long-awaited album, plus a supposed magazine, are set to drop in July (insert praise emoji).  The publication will be titled ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ – it should be called ‘Kylie Don’t Cry’ – I know how excited you are for this.  The album has yet to be titled.

 

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KANYE WEST TO HEADLINE POWER 106’S POWERHOUSE
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I made sure I was fully awake at 7:15am sharp on Monday morning to hear the official lineup for Power 106’s annual summer concert, Powerhouse.  Getting more and more excited as each artist was announced, it wasn’t until the end that they brought out the big dog… Mr. Kanye West.  The rest of the lineup includes:  Ty Dolla $ign, Ludacris, Tinashe, G-Eazy, Nipsey Hu$$le, Kid Ink, Casey Veggies, Logic, B.o.B. and Tech N9ne.  Pre-sale tickets went on sale Wednesday morning – obviously I snagged a pair (can’t wait, Parker!).  I must say, I’m pretty amped to see Luda perform, as well.  Powerhouse takes place on Saturday, May 16 at the Honda Center in Anaheim.

KENDRICK LAMAR’S REEBOK COMMERCIAL DEBUT
This I just want you to watch because Kendrick is epic, LA is epic, and these Reeboks are about to be epic.

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