Frank Ocean’s ‘Blonde’ – The Ultimate Who’s Who Of His Collaborators, Guests And Samples

Frank Ocean’s Boys Don’t Cry magazine lists a mind-bogglingly long list of contributors to his album ‘Blonde’. So we set about finding out who’s who, and – where possible – what they actually did on the album (if anything).

Amber Coffman

Who?: Originally from Austin, Texas, LA-based singer-songwriter Amber Coffman has released five albums with her band Dirty Projectors and one with Sleeping People. You’ll also know her from the Major Lazer track ‘Get Free’, and she’s been busy working with J. Cole, Snoop Dogg and T.I.

Appears on: Australian radio station Triple J have speculated on their music news site that she provides the vocals on ‘Pink + White’ – but the rest of the world thinks this is Beyoncé. And we’re gonna go with the rest of the world on that one.

What she said: Amber tweeted on August 20th: “Beyond honored to have had even a small part in this. Truly an incredible record. You are a gift Frank. Thank you”.

@jake_magee_

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André 3000

Who?: One half of Outkast, actor and general music mastermind. André also featured on Ocean’s 2012 album ‘channel ORANGE’ penning and performing a verse on ‘Pink Matter’.

Appears on: Ocean gave André an entire track on ‘Blonde’, on which the Outkast member reproaches rappers who use ghostwriters instead of writing their own lyrics – possibly a dig at Drake who was called out last year for allegedly using a ghostwriter on a number of his tracks.

What he said: André’s verse ends with this: “I’m so naive I was under the impression that everyone wrote they own verses / It’s comin’ back different and yea that shit hurts me / I’m hummin’ and whistlin’ to those not deserving/ I’ve stumbled and lived every word, was I working just way too hard?

Anthony Phillips

Who?: 64-year-old London-born multi-instrumentalist Anthony Phillips is known for being the guitarist and a founding member of English rock band Genesis, alongside Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel.

Appears on: Umm, we’re still not sure – but he probably contributes guitars somewhere.

What he said: Nothing yet.

Arca

Who?: Dalston-based Venezuelan producer Alejandro Ghersi, a.k.a. Arca, contributed production to four songs on Kanye’s 2013 album ‘Yeezus’, alongside Hudson Mohawke and Young Chop. He has also worked with FKA Twigs and Björk.

Appears on: Arca is another one we’re not sure about yet. He is also credited for programming ‘Mine’, the fourth track on Ocean’s visual album ‘Endless’, which he released the day before ‘Blonde’.

What he said: Nothing yet.

The Beatles

Who?: Come on.

Appears on: Ocean interpolates The Beatles’ song ‘Here, There And Everywhere’, written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and performed by The Beatles on the 1966 album ‘Revolver’, on his song ‘White Ferrari’, co-written by James Blake.

What they said: Ocean sings: “Spending each day of the year”, echoing the Beatles lyrics “Here, making each day of the year”. In an interview at the TIME 100 Gala in 2013, Ocean said he had been listening to lots of the Beatles and the Beach Boys whilst writing his new music.

Benjamin Wright

Who?: The 70-year-old composer and producer from Mississippi has arranged and conducted hits for the likes of Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Justin Timberlake, Outkast and Destiny’s Child to name just a few.

Appears on: Ocean has not revealed specificities about Wright’s input on ‘Blonde’ but there’s speculation that it might be in the strings on ‘Pink + White’.

What he said: No comment yet.

Beyoncé Knowles Carter

Who?: Cultural icons of a generation, winner of 20 Grammys (and the most nominated female in the history of the Awards), Beyoncé revolutionised what an album is with the release of visual album ‘Lemonade’ via streaming service Tidal earlier this year. Ocean and Beyoncé have previously worked together on her fifth studio album ‘Beyoncé’, co-writing the track ‘Superpower’, produced by Pharrell. Ocean also wrote ‘I Miss You’, on her 2011 album ‘4’.

Appears on: She provides beautiful but rather understated backing vocals on ‘Pink + White’.

What she said: Beyoncé hasn’t spoken out about Frank’s album specifically, but back in a 2011 interview with Complex she talked about being instantly impressed with his talent after husband Jay-Z played one of his tracks in the car: “I noticed his tone, his arrangements, and his storytelling. I immediately reached out to him — literally the next morning. I asked him to fly to New York and work on my record.”

Bob Ludwig

Who?: American mastering engineer Bob Ludwig has worked with a ridiculous number of artists over his career, including David Bowie, the Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix, and has won 11 Grammys (that’s even more than Pharrell).

Appears on: Ocean has not confirmed which track(s) Ludwig has contributed to but Wikipedia lists him as a producer on ‘Siegfried’.

What he said: No comment so far.

Brian Eno

Who?: English musician and producer Brian Eno began his music career playing synth in glam rock band Roxy Music in the early ‘70s and later became a prolific solo artist and key figure in ambient music. He has produced for a number of artists including The Talking Heads, Coldplay and U2.

Appears on: We’re still unsure.

What he said: No comment so far.

Buddy Ross

Who?: On his Twitter page he describes himself as “West Coast Producer. Frank Ocean Keyboardist. Commercial composer”, and he’s credited with playing synth on three tracks and bass on one on Ocean’s visual album Endless. He also co-wrote Ocean’s track ‘Memrise’.

Appears on: It’s not been confirmed where his contributions lie on ‘Blonde’, but he retweeted a couple of tweets congratulating him on ‘Nights’. It appears he worked on this alongside Vegyn and Michael Uzowuru.

What he said: Ross told Pitchfork “It’s been a four-year process… I had no idea what I was going to be on until the record came out. So more than anybody, I was just waiting and anticipating the release of this so much. I knew I was hopefully going to be a part of it, but I was also just excited to hear all the little bits and pieces I had heard over the years finally come together.”

Do the #starbucks whistle

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Caleb Levan

Who?: Levan is credited as a recording engineer on ‘Endless’, and has been tweeted about alongside fellow Ocean producers TROY NōKA, Michael Uzowuru, Buddy Ross and Om’mas Keith. He seems to be relatively unknown at the moment but with two Frank Ocean albums already on his CV he’s set for greatness. Watch this space!

Appears on: It’s unconfirmed, but it seems that he worked with Vegyn a.k.a. Joe Thornalley (also credited on Endless), who has been tweeting about his contributions to ‘Nights’ and ‘Close to You’, and worked on ‘Solo (Reprise)’.

What he said: Vegyn tweeted his congratulations to Caleb Levan, posting “Major love, positivity and respect to @michaeluzowuru @TROYNoKA #CalebLaven @buddyross You guys are the greatest”

Christophe Chassol

Who?: French musician, composer and orchestra leader Christophe Chassol has worked with Sebastien Tellier and Phoenix and composed the scores for several films and TV shows.

Appears on: We aren’t sure, but it’s probably more than one song. Based on Chassol’s comments to redbull.com in 2015 about one track that’s “very mellow, on the edge of being cheesey, but with him singing it’s very elegant” – could one of them be ‘Ivy’?

What he said: In an interview with redbull.com in 2015, Chassol revealed that Diplo had recommended Chassol to Ocean after hearing his record Indiamore, and Ocean consequently invited Chassol to Abbey Road Studios to work with him on his new album. Chassol described working on synthesisers, strings, vocals and bass, and said: “I have no idea what will end up on his album yet. But I enjoyed the work very much. It brought me to tears at some points. The voice of the guy – there is something deep in there. He made me think of Michael Jackson.”

David Bowie

Who?: You know this one. There aren’t many people who the music icon hasn’t influenced, and it’s not hard to see why.

Appears on: Bowie does not feature on the album, but the credit could relate to a picture of him in the album’s accompanying zine Boys Don’t Cry.

What they said: Bowie’s PR declined to comment to NME before stating that he could “confirm that they did not work together”.

Elliott Smith

Who?: American singer-songwriter Smith released five solo albums during his lifetime and three more have been posthumously released since his death in 2003. He was nominated for an Oscar in 1998 for his track ‘Miss Misery’, which features in the soundtrack to Good Will Hunting.

Appears on: Ocean interpolates a track by Smith on ‘Siegfried’, singing lyrics from Smith’s song ‘A Fond Farewell’, taken from his 2004 album ‘From A Basement On The Hill’. His name is misspelled as ‘Elliot’ on the list of contributors in Boys Don’t Cry, adding to the confusion already caused by the ‘Blond’/’Blonde’ debate.

What he said: Smith passed away in 2003, but fans of both Ocean and Smith have reacted positively on Twitter.

Fish

Who?: Scottish singer-songwriter and actor Derek William Dick, a.k.a. Fish, is known for being the lead singer and lyricist of neo-prog rock Marillion in the ‘80s before embarking on a solo career.

Appears on: This is another one we aren’t sure about yet.

What he said: Nothing yet

Gang of Four

Who?: English post-punk group from Leeds, known for their politically motivated lyrics which made them one of the most influential bands of the late ‘70s / early ‘80s post-punk movement.

Appears on: Unconfirmed.

What they said: Well, they retweeted this, so they’re clearly keen to make their presence on the album known

James Blake

Who?: London-born musician and producer who won the Mercury Prize for his second album ‘Overgrown’, and released his third album ‘The Colour In Anything’ in May this year, with contributions from none other than Frank Ocean.

Appears on: Blake co-wrote ‘White Ferrari’ and his influence can be heard across the album. Blake is also credited on ‘Godspeed’, the penultimate track on ‘Blonde’. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly in May, James Blake explained that his track ‘Always’, co-written by Ocean, is “an interpolation of a song that he wrote that hasn’t come out yet,” and adds, “it was nice of him to let me use it.”

What he said: On August 20th Blake tweeted a link to Ocean’s ‘Blonde’’s opening track ‘Nikes’, released on Saturday morning prior to the full album, adding “Rain, glitter shivers..”

Jamie xx

Who?: English record producer and DJ, and member of The xx, produced Drake’s ‘Take Care’, and composed the score for a ballet for Manchester International Festival.

Appears on: It’s unclear exactly where he contributed but it is thought that he assisted in production work on ‘Blonde’. Joe Visciano, who is credited on Jamie xx’s album ‘In Colour’, is also listed as a contributor.

What he said: Nothing yet

Jason Lader

Who?: New York producer and engineer Jason Lader has produced for Maroon 5 and several others and is credited on James Blake’s album ‘The Colour In Anything’ as an engineer and synthesizer.

Appears on: Unconfirmed

What he said: Nothing yet

Jazmine Sullivan

Who?: 29-year-old RnB artist Jazmine Sullivan, originally from Philadelphia, has been nominated for 11 Grammys and her debut single ‘Need U Bad’ was produced by Missy Elliot.

Appears on: We’re not sure about her contribution on ‘Blonde’, but we know she contributed vocals to four tracks on Ocean’s visual album ‘Endless’ (‘Alabama’, ‘Wither’, ‘Hublots’ and ‘Rushes’).

What she said: On Friday she tweeted her praises for Endless, posting: “If I wasn’t on it id still tell u to get it cuz.. well.. It’s Frank! ‪#endless

Jeff Ellis

Who?: American recording and mix engineer Jeff Ellis worked with Ocean on 2012’s ‘Channel Orange’ and is credited once again on the new album ‘Blonde’. He has also worked with Odd Future, Earl Sweatshirt and Kate Nash.

Appears on: It’s not been confirmed, but he probably engineered the album.

What he said: Nothing yet

Joe Visciano

Who?: Sound engineer Joe Visciano works at the famous Electric Lady Studios in New York, founded by Jimi Hendrix. He has worked on albums for Coldplay, Beck, Adele and many more and is credited on David Bowie’s final album ‘Blackstar’ and Jamie xx’s ‘In Colour’.

Appears on: Unconfirmed.

What he said: No comment so far. His Twitter bio simply says, “loud noises”.

Jonny Greenwood

Who?: Best known for being the lead guitarist and keyboardist for Radiohead, Greenwood has also composed for orchestras and scored several films including There Will Be Blood and Norwegian Wood.

Appears on: The Radiohead guitarist is listed as a contributor on ‘Blonde’ as well as arranging ‘At Your Best (You Are Love)’ – the Isley Brothers cover on ‘Endless’, featuring the London Contemporary Orchestra – who also worked with Radiohead on ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’.

What he said: Nothing yet

Kanye West

Who?: That guy that’s married to Kim Kardashian. Oh, he makes music too. You might have heard of him. West and Ocean have worked together before, with Ocean contributing vocals to two tracks on the Kanye West / Jay-Z collaborative album ‘Watch The Throne’, and more recently on West’s 2016 album ‘The Life of Pablo’, on tracks ‘Wolves’ and ‘Frank’s Track’.

Appears on: It is thought that he acted as producer on ‘Blonde’, and he also contributed a poem about McDonalds to the zine , entitled ‘McDonalds Man’.

What he said: So, so much. The day after ‘Blonde’ was released, Kanye tweeted “Frank album on repeat”, and later embarked on a series of tweets urging radio stations to choose their favourite Frank track and play it ten times a day in order to make the world better. Why? He next explained: “Me and Drake both listen to Frank.”

@kanyewest: “Power to the people. Power to the artist. Empower the artist and create a more inspired world.”
@kanyewest: “Ask yourself Why did you love music in the first place and what can you do to add to the story.”
@kanyewest: “Me and Drake both listen to Frank. Radio has to support amazing artists.”
@kanyewest: “Every station across the globe. I Heart. Clear Channel local stations. Satellite. Every station. This will make the world better.”
@kanyewest: “If anyone at radio really loves music … Come together and pick your favourite Frank Ocean song and play it at least 10 times a day.”

Kendrick Lamar

Who?: Hailing from Compton, California, Lamar has amassed seven Grammys, a long list of collaborators including The Game, Lil Wayne and Jay-Z, and a fan in President Obama. Ocean and Lamar have previously collaborated on Mann’s 2012 track ‘Bend Ya’.

Appears on: ‘Skyline To’ features subtle backing vocals by Lamar, who rasps the words “smoke” and “haze” at the end of Frank’s lines, and is also credited with co-writing the song. The track is thought to have been produced by Tyler, The Creator.

What he said: Yesterday he tweeted: “’Blonde’ and ‘Endless’. Encore to Frank.”

Kim Burrell

Who?: Houston-born gospel singer and pastor Kim Burrell has released six gospel albums and founded The Love & Liberty Fellowship Pentecostal Overcoming Holy Church in 2010. She’s collaborated with a whole host of notable artists including Stevie Wonder, George Clinton and even R Kelly.

Appears on: Burrell is credited as co-writer on ‘Blonde’’s penultimate song ‘Godspeed’, and provides backing vocals.

What she said: On August 22 she tweeted a link to a Fader article about her that refers to a short essay Ocean wrote in 2010 about his relationship to religion, in which he included a clip of Burrell singing ‘Home’.

KOHH

Who?: 26-year-old Japanese hip hop artist Yῡki Chiba from Tokyo, better known by his stage name KOHH, came to prominence alongside fellow Japanese rapper Loota when both where featured on Korean rapper Keith Ape’s hit single ‘It G Ma’.

Appears on: KOHH contributed a rap at the end of the Pop-Up Version of ‘Nikes’, which appears on the CD distributed with the Boys Don’t Cry magazine in 4 pop-up stores around the USA and London.

What he said: In Japanese, KOHH raps “One guy/A lot of cute girls/You can’t tie down someone else/Another person’s heart

http://kohh.tokyo @suzukiryuichiro

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Loota

Who?: Japanese rapper Loota featured on KOHH’s track ‘My Last Heart Break’ and was also on Keith Ape’s ‘It Ma G’, which made noise on music blogs.

Appears on: We think he features along with KOHH on the Pop-Up Version of ‘Nikes’, only on the CD distributed with Boys Don’t Cry.

What he said: Uncertain

my interview in bkk http://urbankvlt.com/en/urbankvlt-interview-japanese-rapper-loota/

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Malay

Who?: American record producer Malay produced for Frank Ocean’s 2012 album ‘channel ORANGE’ and has also worked with John Legend, Zayn Malik and many more.

Appears on: He was not credited on ‘Endless’ but features on the list of album contributors for ‘Blonde’, most likely as a producer.

What he said: The day ‘Blonde’ came out, he tweeted: “There’s no rush on art. Love you brother #frankocean”.

Hold on a second.. Almost ready = @pennylane915

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Matt Mysko

Who?: Recording engineer Matt Mysko started working at Abbey Road Studios in London in 2011 and has engineered for James Blake, credited on his latest album ‘The Colour In Anything’, as well as Paul McCartney and Frank Ocean. He has also worked on several films, including The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and 12 Years A Slave.

Appears on: Unconfirmed

What he said: In a statement to NME, Mysko said: “During my time working with Frank it felt to me like we had embarked on a journey to find another world. The path he chose was anything but linear and we travelled down routes to the furthest extremities imaginable. No rules applied and dimensions were explored that ended up bearing no relation to the eventuality. Somehow, at the end of it all, it feels to me like the planet he found is much like our own, it feels familiar and is full of beauty but contains wonders never seen or experienced by anyone before.”

Mike Dean

Who?: Record producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Houston, Mike Dean has worked with most of the big names in hip-hop, including Jay-Z, 2Pac and Kanye.

Appears on: We know that he mastered ‘Endless’, so it’s likely he did the same on ‘Blonde’.

What he said: He retweeted Kanye’s post, “Frank album on repeat” – as did most of the world.

@travisscott

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Michael Uzowuru

Who?: 24-year-old producer, songwriter and musician Michael Uzowuru has also worked with Earl Sweatshirt and Mobb Deep. He has production credits on Endless and programming credits on ‘Endless’’ penultimate track, ‘Rushes To’.

Appears on: Where he features on ‘Blonde’ is still unconfirmed, but he has confirmed that he worked with Vegyn who produced on ‘Nights’, ‘Close to You’ and ‘Solo (Reprise)’.

What he said: Uzowuru and Vegyn’s Twitter pages were full of mutual love and respect, with Uzowuru responding to Vegyn’s congratulatory tweet with the post “ ‪@vegynvegyn‪ im so lucky i got to meet you through such a special album like this. youre a genius and you deserve all the great things coming‬”

Om’mas Keith

Who?: Producer Om’mas Keith worked on ‘channel ORANGE’ and ‘Endless’, and stated in an interview with Fuse in June this year that he was also working on Ocean’s next album. Keith is one third of production trio Sa-Ra alongside Taz Arnold and Shafiq Husayn who have worked with Jurassic 5, Dr Dre and Anderson .Paak amongst many others.

Appears on:
We know that he contributed piano on the Isley Brothers cover ‘At Your Best (You Are Love)’ on ‘Endless’, and has worked with Vegyn, Caleb Levan, Michael Uzowuru and Buddy Ross on ‘Blonde’. On what exactly, we’re still not a hundred per cent.

What he said: He’s been retweeting a lot of posts about ‘Blonde’ and replied with a humble “I guess I’m famous now”.

Pharrell Williams

Who?: 10-time Grammy award winner Pharrell is another of the A-list names on the list, famous for N.E.R.D., The Neptunes, and – well – being Pharrell. He’s produced for most of the big pop and RnB stars in the business and contributed to Ocean’s first album ‘channel ORANGE’.

Appears on: Unconfirmed, but he tweeted the words “Pink + White #frankocean” so that might serve as a clue.

What he said: Pharrell tweeted a photo of a pack of Strawberry Fields flavour tictacs on a mixing desk, with the caption “Pink + White #frankocean”. Talk about fresh.

Rick Rubin

Who?: Legendary American record producer Rick Rubin has worked with a very, very long list of artists including Red Hot Chili Peppers, Adele, Kanye West and Eminem, and recently worked with James Blake on The Colour In Anything, where Frank Ocean features on two tracks.

Appears on: Unconfirmed.

What he said: Apparently a man of few words, his Twitter has over 40,000 followers and one tweet: “Microphone check, one, two”, from back in 2014.

Rostam Batmanglij

Who?: Former Vampire Weekend member Rostam Batmanglij is another name mentioned on the album contributors list.

Appears on: Specifics have not been confirmed but earlier this year, A-Trak tweeted about a new song called ‘White Ferrari’ which would be coming soon, claiming it to be the “best thing” we would hear this year. Batmanglij replied to the above tweet with a simple “yup”, suggesting this is where his collaboration lies on ‘Blonde’.

What he said: 2 days after ‘Blonde’ came out, Batmanglij tweeted “yes i worked on blonde and yes i’m listening to it”.

Sam Petts-Davis

Who?: Sam Petts-Davis was the engineer on Radiohead’s album ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’, and Radiohead’s guitarist Jonny Greenwood is listed alongside him as a contributor on ‘Blonde’.

Appears on: Unconfirmed.

What he said: He tweeted the irresistibly catchy lyrics to ‘Blonde’ opener ‘Nikes’, which will get stuck in your head as soon as you read it: “THEY LOOKIN’ FOR A CHEQUE / TELL ‘EM IT ‘AINT LIKELYY” …Told you.

Sean Oakley

Who?: An engineer on ‘The Colour In Anything’, the latest album from James Blake who also contributed to ‘Blonde’, Sean Oakley has also worked with the likes of The Last Shadow Puppets, Ed Sheeran and Wu-Tang Clan.

Appears on: Unconfirmed.

What he said: Nothing yet

SebastiAn

Who?: French musician and DJ of Ed Banger Records, Sebastian Akchote-Bozovi has remixed for the likes of Beastie Boys, Daft Punk and Bloc Party. In 2015, Ed Banger owner Pedro Winter confirmed in an interview with Les In Rocks that SebastiAn was producing with Frank Ocean.

Appears on: Aside from production, he provides vocals on the interlude ‘Facebook Story’, recounting a tale about getting dumped for not accepting his then girlfriend’s Facebook friend request.

What he said: “I’m in front of you, I don’t need to accept you on Facebook.” She consequently thought he was cheating, and told him it was over. Ouch.

Space Man

Who?: Exactly who Space Man is has proved to be a bit of a mystery for music blogs. According to Pitchfork, this is not J. Spaceman (Jason Pierce) from the groups Spiritualized and Spacemen 3.

There is a certain Spaceman Patterson on Twitter, however, who has been retweeted by fellow ‘Blonde’ collaborator Om’mas Keith, with a bio that reads: “Local resident of the Cosmos. Guitarist, Composer, Songwriter, Arranger & Producer. Music Mathematics & Sonic Colorations. #IamSpaceman #WeareSpacepeople Peace”. Looks like this might be our guy.

Appears on: where he appears on ‘Blonde’ is unconfirmed, but he is also credited on three tracks on Endless.

What he said:
Spaceman Patterson has posted a number of tweets about working with Frank Ocean, many of them revelling in the mystery surrounding his own identity: “Big ups to ‪@OMMASDOTCOM Thankful and blessed to be part of this amazing project! ‪#FrankOcean ‪#Blond ‪#ENDLESS ‪#WhoisSpaceman ‪#IamSpaceman”

“Don’t be fooled by the imitators, fakers. You should know #whoisspaceman #IamSpaceman, #iamtherealspaceman #FrankOcean #Blond #ENDLESS”

Tom Elmhirst

Who?: British producer and mix engineer Tom Elmhirst has won Grammys for his work with Amy Winehouse, Adele and Beck.

Appears on:
Unconfirmed with regard to ‘Blonde’, but he is credited for mix engineering on ‘Endless’.

What he said: Nothing yet

Tyler, the Creator

Who?: Fellow Odd Future member Tyler, The Creator has collaborated with Ocean on numerous occasions, featuring on ‘channel ORANGE’ and Ocean’s debut mixtape Nostalgia, Ultra.

Appears on: He is credited on genius.com as a producer on ‘Skyline To’ and has also penned a poem called ‘Tricolours’ for the Boys Don’t Cry zine.

What he said: On Saturday, Tyler tweeted: “BLOND IS NOW AVAILABLE. THANKS BIG BRO FOR ALLOWING ME TO BE APART OF IT”

Yung Lean

Who?: Swedish rapper Yung Lean is only twenty years old. And he’s on a Frank Ocean album. His second album ‘Warlord’ was released in February this year.

Appears on: Features alongside Austin Feinstein on ‘Self Control’, contributing vocals to the chorus.

What he said: Nothing yet

88-Keys

Who?: American rapper and producer Charles Misodi Njapa, a.k.a. 88 Keys has produced for Talib Kweli, Mos Def and Macy Gray and Kanye West was the executive producer on his debut album ‘The Death of Adam’.

Appears on: Unconfirmed. On Twitter, he replied to a fan asking which tracks he worked on, saying “Will tell you later. Just try to imagine which ones I did for now… you might not be too far off.” Intriguing.

What he said: [Re: Ocean crediting him as ‘88 Keys’] “Left my hyphen out though… but I ain’t complainin’.”

And a few more who aren’t on the list, but are on the album:

Austin Feinstein

Who?: Singer and guitarist of LA indie band Slow Hollows, whose album ‘Atelophobia’ came out in 2015.

Appears on: He features on ‘Self Control’, offering vocals on the chorus and guitar.

What he said:
The Slow Hollows twitter page confirmed this, tweeting “Vocals and guitar on ‘self control’”

Vegyn

Who?: Joe Thornalley a.k.a. Vegyn produced on ‘Endless’. He’s on the label PLZ Make It Ruins and describes his music genre as “soy-based”. Very on trend.

Appears on: He announced on his Facebook page that he contributed production to ‘Nights’, ‘Close To You’ and a little bit on ‘Solo (Reprise)’.

What he said: Referring to his work on ‘Endless’, he posted: “Eternally blessed to be included on this project. Got to meet, write and work with some unbelievable people. So glad I can finally share!”

Jonathan’s Mum

Who?: The un-missable motherly advice from Rosie Watson, whom Vice found to be not Frank’s mum but the mother of his “good friend Jonathan”, was first heard on ‘channel ORANGE’ on the track ‘Not Just Money’. According to Vice, Ocean first met fellow Odd Future member Syd Tha Kyd through Rosie and Jonathan.

Appears on: This time she’s on ‘Be Yourself’, urging her son (and now the rest of the world) not to try to attempt to be anyone else, and to avoid drugs and alcohol. This is followed immediately by ‘Solo’, a song about taking drugs and alcohol. Sorry, mom.

What she said: “Don’t use that cocaine or marijuana because that stuff is highly addictive. When people become weed-heads they become sluggish, lazy, stupid and unconcerned. Sluggish, lazy, stupid and unconcerned. That’s all marijuana does to you, okay? This is mom. Unless you’re taking under doctor’s control. Then it’s regulated.”