February 5, 2017 by thewashingteenian
By Farene Shahid and Maria Mir, Staff Reporters
After four years of silence, Frank Ocean released “Blonde”– a collection of 16 mesmerizing and hypnotic songs. His first album, “Channel Orange” was standout in 2012 with Ocean debuting its decadence, disregard of sexuality, and discussion of his romantic life.
However, “Blonde” has a different twist; the psychedelic, eloquent melody that Ocean creates- it has a more intimate, more mature nature in conveying his sentiments.
The subject of “Blonde” travels from the matter of the African-American struggle to the Ocean’s personal struggle regarding heartbreak. Nikes, the leading single, exemplifies Ocean’s style in its unconventional lyrics, “his girl keep the scales, some little mermaid” while a few lines before Ocean references a key figure in the Black Lives Matter movement: “Rip Trayvon, that n*gga look just like me.” The disassociated, yet deceptively real way in which Ocean captures your attention, deserves album of the year.
While this message appears political in nature, “Blonde” goes far beyond a statement about the police; Ocean conveys stories about everyday life and sorrow, heartbreak, and everything else, all wrapped up in a smooth, intoxicating delivery that is as addictive as the intrinsic melody behind each track. The focus revolves around emotions, heavy or light, and that itself makes “Blonde” relatable to nearly everyone.
One of Ocean’s more notable song includes “Godspeed,” popular among fans for a
multitude of reasons. Rather than the more harsh, forward style that rappers usually performs in- Ocean soulfully articulates a letter, wishing someone good luck. The substance itself, deviates from the expected; the artist even commented on the influence on the sixteenth song of the track in a Tumblr post, “I wrote a story in the middle – it’s called ‘Godspeed’. It’s basically a reimagined part of my boyhood. Boys do cry, but I don’t think I shed a tear for a good chunk of my teenage years. It’s surprisingly my favourite part of my life so far. Surprising, to me, because the current phase is what I was asking the cosmos for when I was a kid. Maybe that part had it’s rough stretches too, but in my rearview mirror it’s getting small enough to convince myself it was all good. And really though… It’s still all good.”
Not every person has the same taste, especially regarding music. However, Frank Ocean transcends the traditional genre of rap and music by miles.