The original version of the track appeared on the New Jersey singer’s debut album ‘CTRL’, which was released in 2017.
The notoriously reclusive singer uploaded a brief clip of his cover version on his Instagram story, which you can see below. The snippet features a recorded version of the cover playing on a stereo as the camera films the road ahead.
— Blonded. (@blondedocean) January 24, 2019
Ocean was speaking to Vegyn and Emmett Cruddas, the co-hosts of his Beats 1 show ‘Blonded Radio’, which the singer reprised twice in 2018. The conversation was published in GQ.
A notable part of the discussion was Ocean’s political activism during the 2018 US midterm elections, for which he offered free merch to people who could prove they voted.
“The stakes feel higher now,” Ocean said of the current political climate in the US. “I was excited about the idea of incentivising people to vote and to get excited about midterms because people aren’t usually excited about voting at midterms.
“Getting 7,000 or 8,000 people who might not have otherwise voted to participate like that is a testament to what public figures can do or encourage with their voice. It feels responsible, especially at this time. Maybe also at many times prior, but it feels less like responsibility and more like a great opportunity that I had and still have.”
Meanwhile, SZA was nominated for a Best Original Song Oscar this week with Kendrick Lamar for their Black Panther hit, ‘All The Stars’
Last month it was announced that the two had settled a lawsuit where they were were accused of stealing artwork from British-Liberian artist Lina Iris Viktor for their video for the track. The case is now closed with all claims dismissed.