This week when pictures of Beyonce in the studio recording her fourth solo album surfaced, most of the questions weren’t about the Queen B- they were about the guy sitting across from her. That guy is Frank Ocean.
He’s the latest addition to Cali’s much buzzed about Odd Future crew and one hell of a crooner in his own right. And sure, he’s a singer who used to battle rap in high school, but whatever you do–don’t call him Drake.
As he frequently discusses on his Twitter page, the singer does not like to be pigeonholed to one genre. To underscore his point, he often lists his music on iTunes as “bluegrass” or “death metal.” But don’t let his eclectic categorization fool you, Ocean is steadily emerging as the voice that will dominate our radios come summertime.
After releasing his mixtape “Nostalgia, Ultra,” Ocean was lauded by Diddy, John Legend and Lupe Fiasco as one to watch. The mix has contemplative jams and ones like “Songs For Women” that could rock on late nights too.
Ocean brings a hip-hop funkadelic that is more Andre3000 than Kid Cudi. His vocals have a range that could give Young Money’s singer-rapper a hard time and his story-telling ability in the vein of Slick Rick. “Nostalgia, Ultra” pulls from rock, indie, old-school hip-hop and brings them all together seamlessly.
Truth is, while he’s been inspired by many artists Frank Ocean doesn’t feel quite like anyone else out. And that’s definitely a good thing.
Still not sure? Get your free download of “Nostalgia, Ultra” from Odd Future’s website and tell us what you think!