Nostalgia Lite, Frank Ocean’s official Def Jam debut, had a rumored release date of July 26. So I patiently waited until about 11:59 p.m. on that fateful Tuesday, and yet, I got bubkes. Now that the date has come and gone, our only source of comfort during these trying times are the few teasers Ocean’s been dropping. Oh, and also our excitement to hear Frank’s two cuts on Jay-Z and Kanye West’s forthcoming collaboration album, Watch The Throne.
Posted to Frank’s Tumblr yesterday, “Thinking About You” is the latest from camp Ocean (that’s gotta be an actual camp, right?) and retains Frank’s classic laid-back and relaxed R&B vibe. It’s a melancholy record discussing the torturous pain that comes with thinking about someone all the time, even if they may not reciprocate the sentiment. (But yo Frank, hit me up. I’ll def reciprocate). Ocean, who usually sticks to his lower register, has chosen “Thinking About You” to unveil his surprisingly gorgeous falsetto, or what I like to call the “baby-making notes.” Reminiscent of Robin Thicke with a dash of Justin Timberlake and Maxwell thrown in, Frank sings, “Or do you not think so far ahead?/Cause I been thinkin’ bout forever.”
Gotta hand it to the dude — seemingly out of nowhere, Frank becomes besties with Jay-Z and Kanye and his single “Novacane” is sitting at No. 17 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Chart. How does he even have time to think about anyone?
+ Listen to Frank Ocean’s “Thinking About You.”