New FRANK ALERT!
Last night, Frank Ocean aired his final episode “blonded RADIO” show where he premiered the new song “Provider” alongside a lyric video that has gone live on his website. We have it for you below! The clip features a modded boombox playing the song on cassette tape, while the lyrics scroll along the bottom with a Hello Kitty face bouncing along to with each word. Last night’s episode marked the seventh installment of “blonded RADIO.” In addition to the “Provider” premiere, “blonded 007” featured Frank freestyling over 2 Chainz’s “Rolls Royce Bitch” (from Pretty Girls Like Trap Music).
Frank Ocean has made a habit of premiering new music on “blonded RADIO.” Among the tracks he’s debuted on the program are “Biking,” “Chanel,” “Lens,” “Biking (Solo),” and “RAF.”
About Frank Ocean
n February 2013, Ocean confirmed that he had started work on his second studio album, which he confirmed would be another concept album. He revealed that he was working with Tyler, the Creator, Pharrell Williams, and Danger Mouse on the record. He later stated that he was being influenced by The Beach Boys and The Beatles. He stated he was interested in collaborating with Tame Impala and King Krule and that he would record part of the album in Bora Bora.
On March 10, 2014, the song “Hero” was made available for free download on SoundCloud. The song is a collaboration with Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Diplo and is a part of Converse’s Three Artists. One Song series.
In April 2014, Ocean stated that his second album was nearly finished. In June, Billboard reported that the singer was working with a string of artists such as Happy Perez (whom he worked with on nostalgia, ULTRA), Charlie Gambetta and Kevin Ristro, while producers Hit-Boy, Rodney Jerkins and Danger Mouse were also said to be on board. On November 29, 2014, Ocean released a snippet of a new song supposedly from his upcoming follow-up to channel ORANGE called “Memrise” on his official Tumblr page. The Guardian described the song as: “…a song which affirms that despite reportedly changing labels and management, he has maintained both his experimentation and sense of melancholy in the intervening years”. On April 6, 2015, Ocean announced that his follow-up to channel ORANGE would be released in July with “two versions”, as well as a publication, although no further details were released. The album was ultimately not released in July, with no explanation given for its delay. The publication was rumoured to be called Boys Don’t Cry, and the album was slated to feature the aforementioned “Memrise”. In February 2016, Ocean was featured on Kanye West’s album The Life of Pablo on the track “Wolves” along with Vic Mensa and Sia Furler. A month later, the song was re-edited by West, and Ocean’s part was separated and listed on the track list as its own song titled “Frank’s Track.”
In July 2016, he hinted at a possible second album with an image on his website pointing to a July release date.The image shows a library card labeled Boys Don’t Cry with numerous stamps, implying various due dates.The dates begin with July 2, 2015 and conclude with July 2016. Ocean’s brother, Ryan Breaux, further suggested this release with an Instagram caption of the same library card photo reading BOYS DON’T CRY #JULY2016.
By August 1, 2016, at approximately 3 AM, an endless live stream shot in negative lighting in what is allegedly a Brooklyn warehouse, sponsored by Apple Music began to surface on boysdontcry.co which appeared to show Ocean woodworking and sporadically playing instrumentals on loop. It later became clear that these instrumentals were from his upcoming visual album Endless; the full version is estimated to be 140 hours long. That same day, many news outlets reported that August 5, 2016 could be the release date for Boys Don’t Cry. That date also turned out to be inaccurate, though in a Reddit AMA session, his collaborator Malay said that Ocean is a perfectionist, constantly tweaking things, and that his art cannot be rushed.
On August 18 and 19, 2016, the live stream was accompanied with music and at midnight an Apple Music link was directed to a project called Endless. Endless would be Ocean’s last album with Def Jam Recordings to fulfill his contract with the record label. Before the visual album’s release on Apple Music, Ocean had already begun making efforts to part ways with Def Jam, who signed the artist in 2009. He describes his negotiations with the label as a “seven-year chess game”, while adding that he had replaced many of his representatives (including his lawyer and manager) during the process, as well as having to buy back all of his master recordings that previously belonged to Def Jam.
At midnight Pacific time on August 20, 2016, a music video for a song titled “Nikes” was uploaded to Ocean’s Connect page on Apple Music and later to his own website. Also on August 20, Ocean announced pop-up shops in Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, and London for his magazine, Boys Don’t Cry and released his second studio album, and third album overall, Blonde to widespread acclaim. On February 21, 2017, Scottish DJ and producer Calvin Harris announced the song “Slide”, a collaboration between, Harris, Ocean and US Hip-Hop group Migos from Harris’ fifth studio album Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1. Ocean is credited with featured vocals and a songwriting credit, while production is handled by Harris. The song was released on February 24, 2017 and featured on the first episode of Ocean’s Beats 1 show, Blonded Radio. It is also the first recorded collaboration of Ocean’s, since leaving Def Jam, as Harris’ linear notes of “Slide”, list Ocean as an independent artist, appearing courtesy of himself. On March 10, 2017, Ocean released a new single “Chanel” on the second edition of Blonded Radio. The song was his first solo effort to be released after Blonde and Endless in 2016. On follow-up editions of Blonded Radio, Ocean released “Biking” featuring Jay-Z and Tyler the Creator as well as “Lens”, with one version of “Lens” featuring Travis Scott. On the 28th of August, 2017, Ocean dropped another single, “Provider”, on Blonded Radio.