1. Kanye West x Bon Iver x Coachella

    Kanye West x Bon Iver x Coachella

  2. 
GQ’s Rookie of the Year: Frank Ocean

Contributor  Amos Barshad on hip-hop’s sudden new go-to songwriter:



Over the summer, Frank Ocean posted a message on his Tumblr addressed to  himself five  years ago. In it he talks about the heartbreaks and the crappy Kinko’s  job young Frank will suffer through. He tells himself he’ll record  hundreds of songs, some of which aren’t good, but that in five years’  time he’ll have “finally finished an album.” Even better: “people  like it man.” He wraps it up by saying, “i don’t wanna spoil too much  for you, but…you’re on a plane right now to work with kanye west &  jay-z. it’s all working out kid. you made it.”



In January, 24-year-old Ocean was unknown, an industry songwriter  with a few minor credits. In February, he posted the album Nostalgia,  Ultra online. It’s the product of a man as well versed in  old-school R&B as he is in Twitter, and the love poured in—from The New  York Times (“It’s bliss”) to Lupe Fiasco (“Officially the shit”).  Diddy invited him over for Roscoe’s Chicken ‘n Waffles.



Ocean’s also a sometime member of the enigmatic hip-hop collective Odd  Future, which had its own meteoric rise this year. But his music has  nothing to do with that crew’s contrarian shock rap. Instead, Nostalgia—and  the breakout hit “Novacane”—is packed with a candor, detail, and humor  no longer associated with R&B. Of Nostalgia’s renegade  success, Ocean says, “I got to grab my nuts and point my middle finger  up.” And field a few more calls, from Nas, Beyoncé, and, yep, Jay-Z and  Kanye, all soliciting his services: Ocean’s is the first voice you hear  on Watch the Throne.



[Photograph  by Nathaniel  Goldberg]

    GQ’s Rookie of the Year: Frank Ocean

    Contributor  Amos Barshad on hip-hop’s sudden new go-to songwriter:

    Over the summer, Frank Ocean posted a message on his Tumblr addressed to himself five years ago. In it he talks about the heartbreaks and the crappy Kinko’s job young Frank will suffer through. He tells himself he’ll record hundreds of songs, some of which aren’t good, but that in five years’ time he’ll have “finally finished an album.” Even better: “people like it man.” He wraps it up by saying, “i don’t wanna spoil too much for you, but…you’re on a plane right now to work with kanye west & jay-z. it’s all working out kid. you made it.”

    In January, 24-year-old Ocean was unknown, an industry songwriter with a few minor credits. In February, he posted the album Nostalgia, Ultra online. It’s the product of a man as well versed in old-school R&B as he is in Twitter, and the love poured in—from The New York Times (“It’s bliss”) to Lupe Fiasco (“Officially the shit”). Diddy invited him over for Roscoe’s Chicken ‘n Waffles.

    Ocean’s also a sometime member of the enigmatic hip-hop collective Odd Future, which had its own meteoric rise this year. But his music has nothing to do with that crew’s contrarian shock rap. Instead, Nostalgia—and the breakout hit “Novacane”—is packed with a candor, detail, and humor no longer associated with R&B. Of Nostalgia’s renegade success, Ocean says, “I got to grab my nuts and point my middle finger up.” And field a few more calls, from Nas, Beyoncé, and, yep, Jay-Z and Kanye, all soliciting his services: Ocean’s is the first voice you hear on Watch the Throne.

    [Photograph by Nathaniel Goldberg]

  3. Mad Decent Philadelphia.

    Mad Decent Philadelphia.

  4. going back to honolulu, just to get that, that maui wowie, that maui wowie…

    going back to honolulu, just to get that, that maui wowie, that maui wowie…

  5. bonnaroo 2011.

    …fast forward to 1:25 seconds to catch J. Cole’s interview and performance

  6. summer, summer, summertime

    summer, summer, summertime

  7. Transformers: Dark of the Moon 3D Trailer

  8. Derrick Rose’s Top 10 Plays of the 2010-2011 Season

  9. J. Cole performs Looking For Trouble

  10. i NEED you to experience how insane it was at Coachella when yeezy performed

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