'Blonde' now streaming on Spotify
Who wasn’t annoyed with Frank Ocean three weeks ago? He had delayed his new album time and time again. Everyone loved Channel Orange, but we wanted more, and he was making us wait. He was silent on Facebook, hadn’t tweeted since June 2013 and hadn’t been on Instagram in 236 weeks. What once was enigmatic became irritating.
Then, in a single thunderclap, he dropped not one, but two albums, and everyone was like, “We loved you all along and I’m going to scrub all those terrible things I said about you off my wall, ground and ceiling.” Two albums: Endless and Blonde. The former, a streaming album from Def Jam, the latter, a few days later, to download exclusive from Apple Music. Now, three weeks later, Blonde is on Spotify, and everyone is just wondering what sort of genius businessman Frank Ocean is.
Trapped in the Contract
Everyone who is anyone loathes Birdman and Cash Money at this point for trapping Lil Wayne in his contract. Drake grammed his sympathy, Chance the Rapper tweeted encouraging words, Rich Homie Quan grammed his support. But Cash Money knows just how invaluable Weezy is and Birdman is not about to let that constrictor grip loose.
But then how did Frank Ocean get out of his contract with Def Jam after dropping such a cataclysmically successful first album?
Rumors and Sources
In July, Billboard reported that Def Jam had spent up to $2 million on recording for Frank’s new album. Frank, however, had come into conflict with Def Jam and publicly criticized them. Four years after the release of his breakout hit Channel Orange, Frank had released nothing and was near silent on social media.
Then, under still mysterious circumstance, Frank reportedly paid off the recording cost, and was freed of his contract. But how did he do it?
Unnamed sources told Billboad that Apple may have fronted Frank the 2 mil to get out of his contract. Def got the rights to Endless, but since they had a streaming exclusive with Apple, the visual album was released as an Apple Music video via Def Jam.
And Frank squeaked out of contract with Blonde, which, presumably, Def Jam had NO IDEA existed. Releasing Blonde three days later as an Apple download, Frank was free of his Def Jam contract with a genius album in his back pocket. Well what did you think he was doing for four years with 2 million in studio costs?
But here’s the genius part…