Frank Ocean fans are used to long waits in between projects but it seems with the success of 2016’s Endless and Blonde, Frank has grasped the impact that his music has on various audiences. So much so, that linking up with artists such as Calvin Harris and the Migos via feature over the past few months has kept fans on their toes for more. The track “Provider” was released as the VMA’s were being aired, succeeding in fans abandoning their TV sets in between commercials just to take head to this.
“Provider” begins with Frank’s vocals moving in and out with different lines seeming wordless. Throughout you can hear Frank’s ability to deliver vocals as if he is rapping with lines such as “Stiff smile just like I’m Aphex twin/Pat the Patagonia pockets, tryna find my zip”. The subject of talk seems to circle around tolerance and restraint. He touches on putting friends as well as significant others on hold, while compelling them to bide their time until he’s ready to build an act based on his intentions. Take four minutes and four seconds out of your day to receive this provision. As usual with Frank, disappointment isn’t a thing. I highly recommend that this song be apart of anyone’s library.
Every artist has a certain sound and that’s what can draw people into becoming avid fans. Sound includes flow, overall voice control/pitch, and obviously enough; production. There are some artists that are able to switch up their sound, all the while using a group of producers/musicians that can sometimes be grouped into the same categories. Anyone who’s familiar with Kendrick Lamar’s work knows that he is an artist that can definitely bring forth multiple styles on multiple platforms. With various projects to chose from, Kendrick Lamar’s sound is soulful, poetic like and easily showcases his emotions. I chose a few artists that I feel as though have brought the best out of Kendrick and compiled them into a poll. Who is your favorite artist to hear Kendrick Lamar work with?