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Frank Ocean: Blonde.

After what seemed like an eternity, Frank Ocean has finally dropped his sophomore album and follow up to his critically acclaimed 2012 debut ‘Channel Orange’. Blonde dropped a couple of weeks back now but I wanted to take a few weeks to listen to it over and over before I talked about it; mainly because Frank makes proper albums, this isn’t a work of distinctive singles with no crossover or relation, it’s a full and rounded album that takes you on a journey from start to finish, so it takes a few listens to pick apart individual songs and hooks and lyrics.

In short, it’s nothing shy of brilliance. It was remarkably worth the wait. It’s hard to pick out just a few highlights, the whole work is just one big sonic, emotional adventure, Frank is raw and refined, bold and soft, the range of voice and feeling is what we’ve come to expect from him and it’s fantastic. He’s a great story teller and lyricist, and also an artist with an incredible ear for musicality, the whole album is beautifully composed, maybe even more so than Channel Orange.

Even the collaborative efforts are out of this world, AndrĂ© 3K does his best to upstage Ocean on ‘Solo (reprise)’, certainly one of the albums many highlights, with Three Stacks laying down a brilliant verse that leaves us all dying for another Outkast album, or maybe even that long awaited solo effort.

‘Nights’, ‘Solo’, ‘Ivy’ and ‘White Ferrari’ are amongst my favourite tracks but again, this album is one of those rarities where you can press play on track one and leave the remote alone until it’s time to rewind to the start and start all over again. 

If you’re yet to listen to it, give yourself 90 minutes, sit down, and let Frank do the talking. 

Peace, Zack x 

Views from the 6

The hotly anticipated fourth studio album from Candian Rapper Drake is set to drop tomorrow after more than a years wait for fans. Continue reading “Views from the 6”

Kirk Knight.

It’s a name that you might not have heard, not yet. Continue reading “Kirk Knight.”

The Life Of Pablo & Yeezy Season 3 @ MSG

The Rockin’ Team were out for the premiere of The Life of Pablo Continue reading “The Life Of Pablo & Yeezy Season 3 @ MSG”

JD – A$AP Rocky Official Video

So finally we have received some visuals for A$AP Rocky’s – JD. This is up there with one of my favourite tracks from his album “At.Long.Last.A$AP” because we get to see some of Rocky’s best uncapped production whilst still hearing the true Hip-Hop roots he grew fame with. Continue reading “JD – A$AP Rocky Official Video”

Kanye West – “Waves” formerly known as Swish

2015 was a good year for Yeezus himself but 2016 has already started off as being his biggest year yet. Kanye has recently dropped, first of all “Facts” which i did an article about a few weeks ago (here), then following it up with “Real Friends” and most recently “No More Parties in L.A” which featured the one and only Kendrick Lamar. Continue reading “Kanye West – “Waves” formerly known as Swish”

Record Review: Roots Manuva – Bleeds

So I finally got round to listening to Roots Manuva’s 9th and most recent studio effort; Bleeds. Continue reading “Record Review: Roots Manuva – Bleeds”

David Bowie, thank you.

This morning a part of me is hurting. I grew up on classic rock music and 70’s/80’s pop, it was what my parents listened to, so as a child, it’s what I listened to. Over the years the majority of it has, thankfully (ABBA, this means you), faded from my listening habits, but one man is still very much alive for me. One of my earliest memories of hearing Bowie was loving the song Ziggy Stardust Continue reading “David Bowie, thank you.”

Yeezy Vs Jumpman

Listen to the song here

So unless you’ve been living under a rock since 2015 ended you’ll know that Kanye West dropped #FACTS on the 1st of January. Kim herself tweeted on the night of New Years Eve that we could expect a new song to be released. What happened next, no-one quite expected. Continue reading “Yeezy Vs Jumpman”

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