Super-producer and rapper [artist id="4133849"]Hit-Boy[/artist] has come forward to reveal the untold story behind the much sought after collaboration between Queens rapper Nas and Odd Future crooner Frank Ocean.
According to Hit-Boy, the song actually existed at one point, but unfortunately, it will never see the light of day after the boardsmith lost the session on his hard drive while traveling.
“I had a bunch of sessions on [a hard drive], and in the mix somehow, in traveling, I lost the drive,” Hit told the Femme Fatale Mixshow. “It’s not only that song — it’s a bunch of other songs I could be done with right now, and I’m kinda pissed about it, but it is what it is. You live and you learn. Now, I’m backing up everything three times over — I had talked to Frank about it, and he was gonna try to re-cut it, but he was doing so much for his album that he didn’t have the time. It just didn’t come together.”
The highly anticipated track between the two Def Jam labelmates resulted in “No Such Thing As White Jesus,” leaving fans excited over the existence of such a collaboration. However, after months of waiting for the release, Nas spoke out on “White Jesus,” clearly putting the song’s release in jeopardy.
“I’ve talked about a song with Frank Ocean about a year and a half before anybody worked with him, and since then, it’s been a heavily anticipated record, but I didn’t talk about which song actually,” Nas told MTV News in July. “Now, I’ve talked about us working, and we never got to that point, completing a great record. Who knows? I guess it would’ve been a big record if it ever came to light.”
In an interview with the New York Times, Ocean regretted not putting forth the effort to recreate the track, due to album promotional commitments, but he touched on a line from the song. “Whatever you do, young king, don’t wind up dead/Young queen, cross your legs,/Put a crown on your head and remove the chains/’Cause even diamond chains are for slaves,/Don’t set foot in no penitentiary/And don’t taste the poison/Don’t you bail on your families.”
Hit-Boy may know a thing or two about the value of anticipated hip-hop bars. The production wizard finally released his first major street album HITstory that features tracks “Old School Caddy” ft. Kid Cudi, “Option” ft. Big Sean and the project’s lead single, “Jay-Z Interview.”
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