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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - Eoin But­ler


The lead sin­gle from Frank Ocean’s long awaited Blonde al­bum is a bril­liant, sprawl­ing, hook-free trawl through fame, fash­ion, groupies, lone­li­ness and un­re­quited love. There are two vo­cal tracks here, both Ocean’s: one slowed down and the other sped up. So the singer is ba­si­cally in a di­a­logue with him­self.

The bor­der­line NSFW video, posted to Ap­ple Mu­sic 24 hours be­fore the al­bum’s of­fi­cial re­lease, fea­tures cameos from A$AP Rocky and Kanye West.


This mes­mer­iz­ingly ad­dic­tive track from Amer­i­can rap duo Rae Sremmurd is the stand­out from their re­cent Srem­mLife 2 al­bum. Prior to this, the only ref­er­ence to Paul McCart­ney in hip-hop I can re­call, apart from that track with Kanye and Ri­hanna, was in UGK’s In­ter­na­tional Player An­them from 2007, wherein the former Bea­tle was cited as a cau­tion­ary ex­am­ple, hav­ing re­cently mar­ried un­wisely and lost big in a costly di­vorce.

In the eyes of these two young African-Amer­i­can broth­ers, how­ever, born decades after the Frog Cho­rus or Won­der­ful Christ­mas­time might have sul­lied this im­pres­sion, Macca is here cel­e­brated as a fully-fledged OG. “I’m a black Bea­tle,” Slim Jxmmi warns his haters. “Me and Paul McCart­ney re­lated.”


Seven years into their stint as Jimmy Fal­lon’s late-night house band, The Roots crew’s iron-clad street cred has so far weath­ered ev­ery­thing from Pic­tionary con­tests against re­al­ity TV stars to Quest­love los­ing a “drum-off” to Justin Bieber.

But Tariq Trot­ter is really push­ing it here, with this guest rap­per spot on the ti­tle track from Michael Bu­ble’s new al­bum. It’s an aw­ful doo-wop ditty about Bu­ble’s “lovely lady” and nope, there’s no putting a pos­i­tive spin on his in­volve­ment.

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