Frank Ocean’s Rejected “Django Unchained” Song Still Got A Ton Of Internet Love

by (@lindseyweber)

A Text Edit box filled with lyrics against a blue desktop. 1:09 remaining on Frank Ocean‘s laptop battery, as he posts what bloggers are now calling “Wiseman” (but originally had no name) to his Tumblr. The song reads like a fable, as Ocean tells a story parallel to the historical rework of Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained.

Ocean finds universality in the movie’s lessons, his song going from, “I bet your mother would be proud of you” into “I bet our mother would be proud of you”. Why wasn’t the track used in the film?

Tarantino commented it last month:

Frank Ocean wrote a fantastic ballad that was truly lovely and poetic in every way, there just wasn’t a scene for it. I could have thrown it in quickly just to have it, but that’s not why he wrote it and not his intention. So I didn’t want to cheapen his effort. But, the song is fantastic, and when Frank decides to unleash it on the public, they’ll realize it then.


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