Frank Ocean’s discography has been the subject of obsession and, by default, dissection for over a decade now, and another Easter egg has now been spotted between two of his projects.
On Tuesday (August 1), Spotify’s Dissect podcast took a closer look at the singer’s catalog and found a connection that links two successive albums of his. A snippet posted on TikTok brought attention to the end of 2012’s Channel Orange and how it is further built upon at the beginning of its 2016 follow-up, Endless.
“Channel Orange’s final track, ‘End,’ is a skit depicting someone confessing their love to someone else inside a car,” host Cole Cuchna explained in the social media post, pointing out how it is a homage to a dialogue from the 2006 film, ATL.
The scene in question feature’s Aaliyah’s “(At Your Best) You Are Love” playing in the background, which is also the song Frank covered for the opener of his next album, “creating subtle continuity between ‘End’ and Endless.”
What is Frank Ocean’s best song ever? On Last Song Standing, we’re attempting to answer that question by debating through his entire catalog, one album per episode. Listen on the Dissect podcast feed on Spotify. #frankocean#endless#channelorange#musicanalysis#blonde
Though the possibility of new music from the 35-year-old remains a mystery, one of his songs did recently leak online. Following its illegitimate release, Frank clarified the lyrics of “These Days” on social media.
The unreleased track, which is said to have been recorded back in 2018 for Frank’s long-awaited Blonde follow-up, surfaced online a month prior after reportedly being purchased for $6,200 from a leaker.
Instagram account OCD VS THE WORLD posted a lyric video for the song a week after it leaked, with Frank Ocean coming across the post and jumping into the comments section to confirm the actual lyrics.
“Told you I would put your figure near my lung heart was racing on a rush was it fun when it was fun jaw clenching on a tablet I was numb armored windows don’t roll down like factory ones I don’t drink but what I’m thinking give me buzz give me buzz,” he wrote, correcting some of the words that were featured in the video.
He continued: “You say fuck me then go fuck her but you blush got priorities in life that I disrupt so back to turning my 8 figures up back to turning lil figures up if I’m on it I’ll see 10 when I’m young .. young.”