It’s been a minute since I’ve posted about a single song, but I feel Frank Ocean’s “Novacane” deserves a permanent spot here…he deserves more than a lost Facebook post.
Ocean was transplanted to L.A. from New Orleans when Katrina hit and it was there that he hooked up with the Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All crew. At first glace, he might seem an ‘odd’ addition to the shock hip-hop collective, having already an established himself as a successful artist signed to Def Jam and working with big names like John Legend, Beyoncé, Bieber, Brandy and Nas, but with his nostalgia/Ultra. mixtape he proves he has the ‘strange’ that is needed to fit in with the likes of Tyler, The Creator, Hodgy Beats and the ever elusive Earl.
Frank Ocean is an r&b artist first, but he is OFWGKTA, so don’t be expecting a cover of Ne-Yo’s “So Sick” here. Ocean has his own definition of ‘sick’. For example, this is a track about getting high (on novacaine?) and having sex with a girl at Coachella, a girl who is doing ‘porn in the Valley‘ to pay for dental school.
Check out the rest of the tape to hear why he believes in gay marriage but not the flag on the moon, and why he went the r&b route because he couldn’t ‘play guitar like Van Halen‘, among other things.