frank ocean annotated his new track on genius, and interviewed jay z on the radio

The often elusive Blonde singer has been cropping up left, right and centre, giving the background to a lyric about Picasso and chatting about the quality of radio playlists with Hova.

Feb 27 2017, 1:14pm

There was a time when we waited eagerly for sporadic and brief missives from his brilliant Tumblr blog, but in the past few days we have been treated to a relative glut of Frank Ocean's inner machinations.

The Blonde singer took to lyric site Genius to annotate the intro to Slide, his new track with Migos and Calvin Harris, highlighting the lines "I might / Empty my bank account / And buy that boy with a pipe". Frank comments that they are about "A picasso painting that sold for so much money" - a reference to the Picasso painting Garçon à la Pipe, a portrait of an artist's apprentice wearing a blue smock suit and flower crown, smoking a pipe. The painting controversially sold for a record-breaking $104.2 million in 2004, despite reservations about the work's artistic merit (it isn't widely considered a masterpiece).

Then came the surprise news that Frank Ocean has a new show on Beats 1, dubbed Blonded. In his first episode, Ocean interviews recent Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Jay Z. The pair chatted about technology and the pitfalls of radio playlists, with Hova saying, "Take radio for instance. It's pretty much an advertisement model. You take these pop stations, they're reaching 18-34 young white females. So they're playing music based on those tastes. And then they're taking those numbers and they're going to advertising agencies and people are paying numbers based on the audience that they have. So these places are not even based on music. Their playlist isn't based on music," and later extolling the virtue of a playlist curated instead by a music lover like Ocean.

Listen to all of Blonded episode one on iTunes. The Jay Z interview is at 1:03:00, and again at 1:53:00.


Text Charlotte Gush
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