The New York Times were granted an all-access interview with talk-of-the-town Frank Ocean recently. Published yesterday, the story explores the R&B sensation’s childhood struggles (his father disappeared when he was just 6-years-old, and his grandfather battled with alcohol and drug addiction), his “gloriously painful love life” (which has come to an even brighter light in the past few days) and his rapid ascent to fame among other topics.
But perhaps the most noteworthy portion of the article comes from Frank’s mentioning of “No Such Thing as White Jesus”, a track he recorded with hip-hop’s most treasured emcee, Nas. This collaboration – news of which surfaced online last year – won’t appear to be gracing our ears anytime soon, however, as the song was apparently lost due to a technological mishap.
You can read the main extract of this below (in which Frank recites what would have been his lyrical contribution) and digest the article in its entirety on NYTimes.com.
There was also a collaboration with Nas, “No Such Thing as White Jesus,” that was unfortunately lost to a technological mishap. Mr. Ocean expressed regret that album deadlines prevented him from recreating the song from scratch, and he broke into song to capture what was lost:
Whatever you do, young king, don’t wind up dead
Young queen, cross your legs,
Put a crown on your head and remove the chains
’Cause even diamond chains are for slaves,
Don’t set foot in no penitentiary
And don’t taste the poison
Don’t you bail on your families