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Frank Ocean Provides With New Track “Provider”…

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What is the definition of a provider? Frank Ocean apparently has the answers with his new track titled just that. This track was introduced to fans via episode 7 of Blonded Radio.

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. 

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Kendrick Lamar’s Sound

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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?

 

Music Coming From the Independent.

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Music. The word is beautiful in itself, with its many shapes and forms there’s enough to go around. With that comes a variety of people that deliver the music, making the love connection that much deeper. Favorite sounds, turn into favorite songs, which usually translate into favorite artists. Now as cliche as this may sound, just like there’s enough music to go around, there’s definitely enough of the artist for multiple people to love and appreciate. Now before today’s internet wave there were probably a great deal of people that only knew of certain types of music therefore only knowing of a handful of artists, more than likely the more popular ones. In today’s “world of music” it’s a bit harder to become content with just the popular artists, seeing as how those that don’t get major attention are just as, if not much more talented than the artists in the spotlight or on the pop charts.

With many genres of music (practically all) people of color have created as well as molded the sounds that were, are and will be popular. With music being in the hearts of many there is bound to be an abundance of artists and not everyone will get radio play or big fancy tours. Some artists don’t have the means or want even for a big record company behind them nitpicking with every little career move. Let’s use Hip Hop for example, it’s always seemed as though the artists that are considered “underground” or “independent” have the most fun with their music, creating cult like followings with fans and something about that makes me appreciate artists of similar situations a lot more.