It’s been a big year for newcomer Frank Ocean, what with the fledgling performer’s first solo tour, collaborating with the kings on Watch The Throne and being named in GQ’s Men Of The Year awards. Ocean also earned accolades for his debut mix tape, Nostalgia, Ultra, and our staff even flouted the laws of album vs mix tape to put the creation on their best albums of 2011 lists. Now, Ocean has released new material on his Tumblr along with the simple explanation, “i just listened to this a few times for myself. figured maybe some else needed to hear it. it’s called ‘4 tears’ [sic].” The track starts with a beat reminiscent of “Songs For Women,” before Ocean’s sweeter-than-honey vocal does what it does best and stops you dead in your tracks. The subject matter is just as reflective and emotion-addled as Ocean’s previous material, but with a dirty “swag, swag” at the start of the song assuring us that Ocean’s self-aware irreverence hasn’t abated despite the fact that he’s on the road to superstardom.
Frank Ocean [Tumblr]