Chanel By Frank, The War Against The Industry


On episode 2 of Frank Ocean’s Blonded Radio, an Apple Music exclusive, he streamed a new song titled, Chanel. I didn’t catch the entire show but caught the end where the track was on repeat. I have been listening to it nonstop since Friday night. Every time Frank Ocean releases a single, it’s like the most potent drugs my ears have ever been under the influence for. Every single time. His writing skills are something else, I only put Anderson Paak in the same category as him when it comes to that.

Chanel… Tidal link because I’m a huge supporter of Tidal.

About Tidal.

I still trip off the fact we came up with the Tidal/Apple Music idea before Tidal/Apple Music was released to the public. Too bad we don’t have the connections. But that’s what MJR/WeMajor is. Inspired by BluRoc/Creative Control, we had the Tidal/Apple Music idea first. A platform for artists, we’re here for the art.

On episode 1 of Blonded Radio, Frank Ocean premiered a new song, Slide, with Calvin Harris, Quavo and Offset. Why won’t they let Takeoff eat? Bad And Boujee politics?


Aside from the new release, Frank shared a conversation with Jay Z about modern-day radio. Jay Z is the owner of Tidal, why would he be on Apple Music? Well Frank released his last album under contract with Def Jam, Endless, a visual album (part1, part2). The following day, Frank released Blond as an independent artist. The label was so pissed. He now owns his masters and is reaping all the benefits of his art.

Jay Z is a strong advocate for artists taking back the art, Prince was in the works of giving his records to Tidal in support of this. Prince was in a constant war against the music industry, even calling record contracts slavery (do your research). I believe Frank is using his Apple platform to get paid, but is siding with Prince, Jay Z, (Kanye), in this war. So Jay Z sharing his thoughts on Apple was a bit of promotion for Tidal, a kind of way to convince listeners why they should go to Tidal or support artists like Frank, subtly.

Excerpts of the conversation below (via Pitchfork):

“Take radio for instance. It’s pretty much an advertisement model. You take these pop stations, they’re reaching 18-34 young white females. So they’re playing music based on those tastes. And then they’re taking those numbers and they’re going to advertising agencies and people are paying numbers based on the audience that they have. So these places are not even based on music. Their playlist isn’t based on music. If you think a person like Bob Marley right now probably wouldn’t play on a pop station. Which is crazy. It’s not even about the DJ discovering what music is best. You know, music is music. The line’s just been separated so much that we’re lost at this point in time.

They have to revolutionize that thing, you know, be more progressive. I think with all the technology and where we are today, it’s definitely a more efficient way to get music out. Because it’s the whole idea behind having a festival that played all sorts of music. Because no one listens to music like that – you just listen to music more than ever. Back in the days there used to be hip-hop clubs. Like, specific hip-hop clubs. Now every club is a hip-hop club. Every club is a music club. You go in there, you’re liable to hear EDM, hip-hop, you’re gonna hear some soul, you’re definitely going to hear “Poison” around 2-3 in the morning.

It’s unfortunate because with, you know, technology and everything moving forward, we should, it should be a better way that the music, the musicians, radio, and these things that are supposed to be instruments for the arts, should exist. And it shouldn’t be about advertisement. And it shouldn’t be about—so the more times, you know, someone like yourself can bypass that, it’s better for the, for the arts. And it’s better for the audience ‘cause you have to have, like, a level of discipline and just a belief to put music out in this place where not everyone can. You know, people, like, they wanna shoot for that, and then they’re making music that’s not really conditioned to who they are [Frank says “right”], who they are so they can reach a certain platform.”

Chanel RMX feat. A$AP Rocky

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