Frank Ocean’s friends and family seem to be nothing but supportive of his decision to share details about his sexuality. This week Ocean posted an intimate letter on his Tumblr account, revealing a relationship he had with a man at the age of 19 and so far, his Odd Future cohort Tyler, The Creator has expressed that he’s ‘proud’ of his ‘big brother,‘ and Ocean’s mother says the same. Katonya Breaux Riley took to Twitter to thank fans for their support, adding that her son is an’ incredible human.’
@katonya “My son is brave and honest and i am very proud of him. I wish more people in the world could be brave enough to be who they really are,” she wrote. “Thank you to all who have shown love and support,” she wrote. “My son is the most incredible human I know. Honest, true and loving. We appreciate you! “
Odd Future frontman Tyler, the Creator, was one of the first to show public support after Ocean published the note on Tumblr. “My big brother finally f—ing did that,” Tyler tweeted on Wednesday. “Proud of that n—a cause I know that sh– is difficult or whatever. Anyway. I’m a toilet.”
Country Ass Nigga
Finally Nelly made a song for the streets! “Country Ass Nigga” featuring T.I. and 2 Chainz is going to be a hot song this summer. The clubs in Atlanta are already bangin this joint. The DJ’s are pushing it and the radio stations are starting to pick it up. I don’t know if this song is a #1 hit, but it definitely can blend in with some of the new talent thats exploding over the rap circuit….
2 Chainz’s Def Jam debut Based on a T.R.U. Story is due on August 14 lead by the single “No Lie” featuring Drake, and this week the ATL rapper unveiled his cover art for the project. If you thought that the explicit artwork for “No Lie” would be duplicated on the album, you thought wrong. He reached out to Kanye West and DONDA for help with this one.
2 Chainz told Billboard that he immediately reached out to his good pal Kanye when it came time to design his new cover. “Kanye and I share a similar vision and think along the same lines creatively. So, when it came time to develop the imagery for my project, I trusted him and his team at DONDA to get the job done and communicate my sentiments,” he explained. “They were the first people I thought of. Their team is unprecedented. Expect next level imagery, sonics and stage performance. This is curated art. The Louvre of rap.”
During a visit to “RapFix Live” a few months back, 2 Chainz revealed that he had been recording with West for months, and they haven’t stopped working together since. He recently appeared on G.O.O.D. Music’s platinum single “Mercy” and his album will feature production from West.
By Miranda Johnson
After nabbing a hit with their first collab “Like Smoke,” Nas can now be heard rapping alongside the late great Amy Winehouse on the single “Cherry Wine,” from his upcoming Life is Good LP. With Winehouse’s 1-year death anniversary approaching, hearing her soulful melodies combined with Nas’ lyricism on this tune is the ideal way to honor her legacy. Listen below.
On the Salaam Remi-produced track, both Nas and Amy fantasize about finding their soul mates, naming characteristics each partner will have. Nas brings just enough street vibes to the song, paired with Winehouse who powerfully knocks out the chorus, reminding us of the tragic loss the music world suffered with her passing last year.
“Where is he, the man who is just like me? I heard he was hiding somewhere I can’t see. And I’m alone, I realize that when I get home,” Amy belts throughout the chorus. Followed by Nas opening up the first verse rapping, “I want someone who likes the champagne I like. Someone to talk me off the bridge any day and night. She teach me how to live, she ain’t afraid of life. Not easily impressed with the rich and famous life Cause she done been there and heard all the rumors before. She love or she ride out with me on my music tour.”
Nas released another new track earlier this week called “Loco-Motive,” in which the Don continues to embrace his traditional ’90s rap style. The New York ode features Large Professor and is produced by No I.D.