23 year-old New Orleans native Frank Ocean has been compared to everyone from Drake to the Canadian group The Weeknd. In fact, they all have something in common: they are great musicians. Generating a huge buzz off of the release of his first mix-tape, Nostalgia, Ocean, formerly known as “Lonny Breaux” has re-branded himself and is headed in the right direction.
Yesterday, he released the new video for “Novacane,” one of his more popular songs off of Nostalgia, ultra. The video features Frank hallucinating about girls and foreign animals as he rubs what could be numbing cream all over his face. The actual song talks about him meeting a girl he eventually becomes friends with, then friends with benefits, and eventually falls for her. Numb like Novacane…he tries getting some feeling back. Watch it below:
When asked about his album title he said:
“It’s nostalgic. It’s a longing for the past. That’s what this record felt like. I named it five minutes before we finished mastering. Right before we had to write the labels on the CDs and get out of there. Ultra, because it’s also modern because of the sonics of it. It felt right. That’s how I am. I just go with it. The only big debate was whether I was going to use the slash or the comma, but the comma felt right, too. When I did the artwork after we mastered it, I was feeling the same thing. That’s my dream car. It’s been my dream car for a minute.”
And his buzz continues to grow, a photo has surfaced of him writing a song with Beyoncé in the studio. Rumor had it he has also worked with Kanye West and Jay-z on their forthcoming disc, Watch The Throne.
ThisisRnB.com also had a chance to ask Frank Ocean how he would explain his current situation to himself five years ago and he said:
Hey Chris [which is his actual name],
your name is frank now..it’s a long story. your girlfriend is about to break up with you because of the long distance. it’s ok. & that job you’re working..well, you’re gonna have to work there for another year and some months.. & then you’re gonna get fired. you’re gonna work a couple more jobs after that too. nothing glamorous. kinkos and at&t if you really want the specifics. but you’re never gonna be homeless or starving. don’t worry you won’t fail and have to move back to new orleans either. you are gonna get your heartbroken though. twice. if it helps, the first one is gonna be worse than the second. contrary to how it feels, it won’t kill you. in fact it’s gonna help you write an album. yea, you finally finished an album. people like it man. you’re actually gonna write and record hundreds of songs. they won’t all be good and most ppl won’t think you’re talented at first, but you’re going to master your gifts. you’re going to become a lot stronger and wiser…even a little taller. be patient. i mean, you kind of have no choice. and be good to people. i don’t wanna spoil too much for you, but…you’re on a plane right now to the east coast to work with kanye west & jay-z. it’s all working out kid. you made it.
He is really one to watch! Stay tuned and see what this amazing dude has to offer our ears.
Frank Ocean’s single, “Novacane,” debuted at #44 on the Billboard’s this week and his mixtape will be re-released through Island Def Jam this Summer.Tags: Frank Ocean, Novocane, Odd Future, Odd Future Records, Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, Official Video