Posts Tagged ‘Island Def Jam’

So it blew my mind when I heard Frank Ocean ON THE MOTHER FUCKIN RADIO TODAY. Not a total surprise though since yesterday there were reports of Island Def Jam selling the web’s most discussed mixtape, Nostalgia, ULTRA. That’s right; Def Jam is going to put into stores a mixtape that has been highly downloaded for free on the internet. Novacane will also be the first single.

But, as excited as I got, I was just as quick to be disappointed when in came in some terrible verse from some random rapper. Maybe it was just the radio station tryin to get cute, so I won’t jump to any conclusions.

All this news has me torn; I’m REALLY excited for Frank Ocean, but I want to just kick Def Jam so hard that they choke on their nuts on the way up. I’m pretty sure Frank felt that way too. If you don’t know the story, let me boil it down for you:

Frank Ocean has been signed to Def Jam Records for quite some time now. He had an album ready, but Def Jam decided to just let the thing sit and gather dust. They never released it. So Frank decides to release online as a mixape, FREE OF CHARGE. Mixtape drops and the shit catches FIRE. So much fire that Def Jam decided to try to fix their relationship with him and are now planning on releasing the album in July. No word on the songs to make the final cut. How bad was the relationship between artist and record label? This tweet says it all:

I haven’t read anything on Frank Oceans feelings on the decision to have a store release of the album, but I’m sure he’s pretty mixed about it. Anyways, enjoy this, and let’s just hope for the best for him. I just want him to be able to make more music, and only the music that he wants to make. Best of luck to you Frank. Seriously.