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[Listen] Frank Ocean Raps on Earl Sweatshirt's New Track "Sunday"

Sunday comes early this week.

Earl Sweatshirt's new album Doris arrives next Tuesday, but lucky for us new music just keeps on coming. "Sunday" drifts along slowly, propelled by the echoing keys of a church organ and a dingy guitar riff, but it really lights up when Frank Ocean's voice takes over. He doesn't sing, as you might expect. Instead, he delivers a solid two-minute rap verse that comes across as very honest, almost conversational. Listen below.

[News] "I’ve Been Meaning to Write You More"; Frank Ocean Posts New Open Letter on Tumblr

Frank Ocean's Tumblr has been an honest and open avenue for the rising musician. He notoriously posted an open letter about his sexuality last year, leading to both controversial criticism and embracing support from fans, journalists and more.

Ocean's latest open letter begins with a simple confession: "i've been meaning to write you more." What follows is a stream of thoughts about his current lifestyle, touring the globe and the effects it has had on him. Read the entire letter below.

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[Album Stream] Jay-Z - 'Magna Carta Holy Grail'

Well here it is folks. After a few weeks of build up we can finally stream Jay-Z's highly anticipated new album, Magna Carta Holy Grail. It features guest spots from Beyonce, Frank Ocean, Swizz Beats, JT, Pharrell, Timbaland and Rick Ross. Samsung users have lucked out as the first 1million people to download the album via an app get it for free. For us people on the Apple train we'll have to wait until the 8th to get our hands on a physical copy. For now though, enjoy it in full below via Fist In the Air / Hypetrak.

[Watch] Frank Ocean Performs Three New Songs in Munich

We already know Frank Ocean is working on the follow-up to his stunning 2012 debut Channel Orange—he confirmed this earlier this year—so it was no surprise when he debuted new material live. Fans at a show in Munich captured footage of Ocean performing three new songs, and, to our benefit, the quality is actually not bad. While the songs don't have titles, they're all really good, especially "track #4." Time to get excited for Frank Ocean again. Watch footage of all three below.

[Listen] Frank Ocean's Unreleased Track, "Eyes Like Sky"

Most albums leave numerous tracks on the cutting room floor, and this is also the case with Frank Ocean's excellent debut channel ORANGE. As Rap-Up was eager to uncover, "Eyes Like Sky" is an unreleased cut from the channel ORANGE sessions and it sees Ocean exploring his spirituality amidst a hopeful acoustic soundscape. Stream Frank's faithful invocation below.

For those anxious to hear more from Frank Ocean, he is apparently "10, 11 songs" into his sophomore album. Even more exciting is that he has recorded tracks with Pharrell, Depeche Mode and plans to work with Danger Mouse.

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[News] Frank Ocean Confirms New Album in Progress

Frank Ocean revealed to BBC radio host Zane Lowe that he is indeed working on a new album, confirming this during a recent interview Lowe's Radio One show. Ocean said that he has made significant progress on the album, about "10, 11 songs into this next thing". He added, "it's another cohesive thing, bordering on a concept record again. At the end of channel ORANGE there's 'Golden Girl,' and it's this beach scene, and I kind of wanted to extend that feeling to the next album altogether, and kind of make it that theme. So I'm going to Bora Bora when I get back."

Ocean also mentioned that he plans to work with Danger Mouse and King Krule, that he and Pharrell have been hanging out, and that he’s a huge fan of Tame Impala. Stream the full radio interview below.

UPDATE: It appears Frank Ocean has been recording with Depeche Mode, frontman Dave Gahan revealed in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.

Apparently Ocean was in the studio next to the band, spoke Gahan. He continued, saying, "I was singing, Martin [Gore] on guitar, a few of the other guys. Suddenly in the doorway, I sensed this presence, and I realised there was this guy standing there just watching. An assistant came up to me in between songs and said, ‘Do you mind? Frank Ocean is here working in another studio and really wants to meet you guys.’ I wouldn’t have thought he would have even known who we are, but it turns out he’s a big fan."

Who knows whether or not the recordings will make it onto Ocean's sophomore album, but we can all just drool over how good that would sound

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