Damn pigs must be outside flying because it looks like we will hear Big Boi and Andre 3000 on the same song at the same damn time! Yep Big Boi will hop on the remixes for Frank Ocean’s “Pink Matter” and T.I.’s “I’m Sorry” both featuring 3 Stacks. Now to some of you it may be like “so what”. I’m not talking to y’all. I’m here to chop it up with my Fam who thought we would never hear OutKast on the same record again. Or at least not this soon.
Last we heard Andre didn’t want an OutKast reunion on anyone else’s record. He wanted to protect the brand, or maybe just wanted him and his rhyming partner to reap any benefits that would be handed out. But somebody must have had a change of heart.
Big Boi recently tweeted the good news to the masses letting us know to look for Pink Matter next week! Word!?!
Now I’m not out to get you all hyped and geeked up, but could this mean that whatever has been in the way of these two recording/performing together is gone? Could we see a new OutKast album in the coming year? Or is this just a gem that will be dropped on us just as rare as a Sade album? Not sure at all but hopefully we will hear more from the Kast!!
Last night at midnight Frank Ocean dropped his much anticipated album channel ORANGE. To get you hyped to hit up to buy it at iTunes, check out Pink Matter w/Andre 3000.
So WWIII is jumping off all around you. The sky is all purple and people are running everywhere. And all you can do is sit on your front porch with a glass of Ciroc Red Berry and watch how it all unfolds.
During the madness you think of past loves, friends from long ago, places you love. Then you see her face, the one you loved from a distant time long forgotten. Out of the millions of people you have come in contact with, she stands out. She may have not been the best looking, but you loved her.
You remember the big pigtails that she sported in her plaid green skirt with knee-high socks. The way she smelled like a mixture of baby oil and cinnamon.You haven’t seen her since then, so you know you will never see her again. But you want to leave this Earth by telling her you loved her.
Beauty. Innocence. A love long lost. A time long forgotten. A piece of simplicity that has been stained. Your Strawberry Swing.
When Doves Cry Homie!!!!
10th Anniversary Redesign
In December of 2001, Wax Poetics debuted its first issue to a small following of record collectors and “beat diggers.” Ten years later, Wax Poetics has carved out a niche for itself in the world of music journalism and expanded its audience to a worldwide congregation of music lovers.
Issue 50 marks our ten-year anniversary and does so with one of the most iconic musicians in the history of African American music, the one and only Prince.
We’ve also done a full redesign, making the magazine slightly larger-8 x 10.5 inches-and we’ve embraced a new paper stock. Wax Poetics will look a bit different on the newsstand, with a new mark making its debut in place of our old logo, but the magazine will continue to be a collectible objet d’art, something to be saved on your shelf as a musical reference manual, not recycled like other mags.
Wax Poetics has also returned to its roots as a journal and is back to being quarterly. The new price of $11.99 reflects not only radical changes in the publishing industry and the economy, but also the guarantee of continued quality from the paper stock to the writing and photographs. As always, our subscription prices offer a great deal of savings off the cover price (Canadian prices have been adjusted).
While we vow to keep Wax Poetics in print as a tangible entity, bucking the trend of ridding our culture of old-school reading products, we will also start offering a digital version of the magazine this year for the iPhone, iPad, Android, and other popular handheld devices.
Dope video, still don’t care for the song too much!
Frank Ocean still gets play in system. Good music for good times. And with this new track, I will have one more jewel added to my playlist.
Frank Ocean drops visuals to one my jams. In this video he is on some Wu-Tang x Old School Stinkin Lincoln ish!!
When he was nine, Frank Ocean’s godfather subscribed him to Robb Report, a magazine for the ultra-rich. Less interested in fiduciary smarts, it’s a catalog of conspicuous consumption, highlighting tropical vacations, invaluable antiques and, as Ocean came to know, really expensive cars. Though he comes from a middle class family, he obsessively read the magazine’s classified ads, fixating on exorbitantly priced used Bentleys and Maybachs. “I would just fall in love with all their cars. That was the start.” Ocean, whowas born Christopher Breaux (and goes by Lonny to friends), downscaled his material desires, and when he was 13, began going door-to-door, detailing cars for cash. “I would bring all my supplies. Literally, it was like a movie, I had a wagon, those long red wagons, like a Radio Flyer-type wagon, and I used to buy my own soaps.” Simonizing cars wasn’t just a means of glimpsing the unobtainable. He had been bit by the singing bug and wanted to make money to purchase studio time to record covers of songs by groups like Jagged Edge with an aspiring rapper friend. But not just to fulfill a nascent creative desire—he needed practice if he was going to get rich. “I knew the only way I could make it a livelihood and make a living off of it was because I was great at it,” Ocean says. “I didn’t want it to be my hobby, I wanted it to be my career.”
Now 23, Ocean came to LA from New Orleans five years ago, after dropping out of college. The drive, which he made with his then girlfriend, took just two days; they stopped overnight in El Paso. Ocean intended to stay six months; he’s been there five years. To pay the bills, he held a series of dull jobs, in a cell phone store and in the insurance business. Slowly, though, he began carving a place for himself in the music industry, writing lyrics for people like Justin Bieber and John Legend, fulfilling one half of his boyhood fantasy: making decent money. “The writing, for me, is the easiest part—I was looking for another word besides easy—but that’s the part that’s the most natural to me. I never felt like I had a crazy, natural talent for singing,” Ocean explains. He got so good at creating these worlds for other people that he’d nearly stopped seeing a place for himself. “There’s a point, I’ll be honest, when I put a lot of my artist ambitions on a shelf somewhere,” Ocean says. “I had a couple of writers I really respected talk about how much of a calmer existence it was not to be an artist and be in the forefront and be that guy. I think I started buying it a little bit. I started drinking the Kool-Aid.” Eventually, though, his impulses kicked in and, last fall, with or without label support, Ocean began to conceive and record his debut album, Nostalgia, Ultra. Conjointly, he also invented a new persona, disassociating himself from the songwriter Lonny Breaux, to become Frank Ocean—an alias cobbled out of various tributes to Frank Sinatra, Ocean’s 11 (the original) and a pimp-like character he created to razz a friend at a party. In at least one interview, he even claimed to be Billy Ocean’s son.
Ocean lives in Beverly Hills now, and standing in the outdoor lobby of the SLS Hotel, a quick drive from his apartment, he’s very California cool. He’s tall and handsome with good skin and a broad face, looking unassailably crisp in a white T-shirt and black jeans. Standing next to his manager Kelly Clancy, an LA gym-thin woman in a silk shirt, loud neon short-shorts and beige platform heels, he might as well be a finger-snapping extra in West Side Story. He’s also got a million dollar smile, though you wouldn’t guess it at first. Ocean keeps his eyes narrow and his lips parted; he often appears suspicious or as if he’s about to sneeze.
Everyone seems to be checking for the Frank Ocean assisted songs on Watch The Throne. Personally I can do without those two joints, but that is neither here nor there. I am already up on Frank Ocean. But for new fans who may not know about ultra.nostalgia will No Church For The Wild and Made In America do it for them?
This week see’s the release of one of the most anticipated Hip Hop albums of all time, Jay-Z & Kanye West’s “Watch The Throne”. The album has two features by new artist Frank Ocean from Odd Future. This is the ideal set up for a new artist, but on the downside is it creating more pressure on him in the longrun? The Friday Hip Hop Lounge discuss the pro’s and cons of Frank Oceans Watch The Throne features.