R&B singer Frank Ocean recently talked about working alongside Beyonce Knowles-Carter and how his collaboration with hip-hop veteran Nas vanished into thin air due to a technical glitch.
Ocean first focused on Bey and how their “I Miss You” joint record brought emotion out of her during the recording process.
Soon Mr. Ocean was wanted on his own terms. He contributed two hooks to “Watch the Throne”(Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam/Roc Nation), last year’s collaborative album by Jay-Z and Kanye West, and was invited to work with Beyoncé in the studio for a week, resulting in “I Miss You,” which appeared on her latest album, “4” (Columbia). “She came in and heard the song, and she shed a tear and recorded it,” he recalled, “and I wanted to shed a tear.” (New York Times)
He also explained why fans never got a chance to hear the finalized version of his Nas collabo.
There was also a collaboration with Nas, “No Such Thing as White Jesus,” that was unfortunately lost to a technological mishap. Mr. Ocean expressed regret that album deadlines prevented him from recreating the song from scratch, and he broke into song to capture what was lost: “Whatever you do, young king, don’t wind up dead/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” (New York Times)
Last year, Nasty Nas gave him props on bringing new life to the entertainment business.
“Frank Ocean is just a new gust of wind to move things out the way and give us something new,” the “Nasty” MC previously told Billboard of the Odd Future crooner, who’s worked with Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Beyoncé. During a recent interview with Toronto’s Flow 93.5, he elaborated on who he was referring to, saying, “Just the garbage, the garbage pail kids out there that’s everywhere.” The discerning Nas bestowed praise on the “Novacane” singer. “Everybody just don’t have it, so somebody that comes out like Frank Ocean and does it his way and sings his way, it’s fresh, it’s good for the game,” he explained. (Rap-Up)
Music newcomer Troy NoKA recently talked to SOHH about growing in the music industry alongside Ocean.
“In Los Angeles, I ended up hanging out with Frank Ocean, Miguel and Dom Kennedy. We all were on the same type of mission which was the music thing. I’ve known Frank since I moved to Los Angeles. That’s like my brother. Miguel’s like my brother. We’re all so close and I feel they’re a real group of guys. I think it’s ironic that we all have our own path. I think everybody’s going to have huge success because we’re all really focused. I’ve been working with Dom lately and we’re putting music together.” (SOHH Guest Star)
Check out a recent Frank Ocean interview below: