Jazz-filled horns come in to cushion Frank Ocean‘s raw, yet gorgeous vocals just as the almost fully a cappella single (minus minimal keyboard), “White” comes to a close. A sweet nectar-coated voice, comparable to Stevie Wonder, coasts through the song in which the New Orleans’ native recalls forgettable memories, first loves, and the toll time takes on experience. A member of the experimental hip-hop collective, Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, Frank (aka Christopher “Lonny” Breaux) has ghostwritten for teen-pop deity, Justin Bieber, Brandy, and John Legend. It’s the perfect home for a label bad boy considering his past with Island Def Jam.
After multiple frustrations being utterly ignored by the super label, Ocean generously gave away his debut album, Nostalgia, Ultra, for free on Tumblr. Eyes were wide open at the arrival of his coming out party-of-a-statement, and the most recent testament to this generation’s love for brave song-writers.
“White,” off Odd Future’s The OF Tape Vol. 2, including label-mates, Goblin, Tyler, The Creator, and the Internet, proves to be a statement in itself. A raw R&B-flavored, and stylistically unique genre is popping out of independent studios all over bringing us uncomplicated tunes from The Weeknd and folks like, Mr. Frank Ocean. Then again, uncomplicated was always better. A big thanks from Trendland to Odd Future for nurturing the unique.