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ThisisRnB Presents: ’30 Years of Def Jam R&B’

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When it comes to hip hop, there’s perhaps no other label that can serve as the almanac of the culture like Def Jam Records. From its doors opening 30 years ago, to the thriving, sustaining business it is today, the label has served as the cornerstone of hip hop culture providing us with an abundance of acts including from it’s inaugural era in the ’80s, (LL Cool J, Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, Slick Rick) to the 90-00s golden era of hip hop (DMX, Jay Z, Foxy Brown, Ludacris, Scarface) to even it’s current era (Kanye West, Jeezy, Rick Ross, Nas, Big Sean). Def Jam continues to set the benchmark for the genre and their contributions have certainly made a noticeable dent in the framework of the culture over the last 30 years.

Alongside their thriving rock-hard raps, Def Jam Recordings is also recognized for their contributions to R&B music. From their first R&B release in 1986 with Oran “Juice” Jones, Def Jam has made their mark in R&B. Over the past three decades they’ve incorporated spin-off labels like Def Soul Recordings, created subsidiary imprints like OBR Records, merged with Island Records to create ‘Island Def Jam’ all the while introducing the world to acts like Ashanti, Ne-Yo, Musiq Soulchild, The-Dream, Frank Ocean, Rihanna and making them into superstars. Coinciding with the 30th anniversary of Def Jam Records, we are celebrating their R&B contributions by counting down the Top 30 Def Jam R&B Hits.

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New Music: Frank Ocean, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon & Diplo – Hero


Converse brings together Frank Ocean and The Clash’s Mick Jones and Paul Simonon for the latest in their “Three Artists. One Song” music series. Produced by Diplo, the reggae-and-rock-tinged “Hero” was recorded in London, Hawaii, and Los Angeles, and features additional vocals from the West Los Angeles Children’s Choir.

“I don’t know how we could expect a Clash-Frank Ocean-Diplo song to sound, but this sounds like that,” Diplo told Billboard. “It just has all kinds of vibes on it. We really had no rules.”

Stream and download the song below:

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Frank Ocean Teams Up with Diplo & The Clash for New Song “Hero”

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Frank Ocean has been quietly working on his sophomore album, but in the meantime, he has teamed up with Diplo and a couple rock legends on a new collaboration.

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Frank Ocean Performs at Odd Future Carnival in L.A.


It’s been a while since we’ve seen or heard from Frank Ocean. As we expect him to be hard at work on his much-anticipated sophomore album, the singer-songwriter joined his OFWGKTA brothers for the Odd Future Carnival in Los Angeles on Saturday.

Frank closed the show performing many of his fan favorites from his acclaimed mixtape ‘nostalgia ULTRA‘ and album ‘channel ORANGE,’ including; “Novacane,” “Thinking Bout U,” “Forrest Gump,” “Pyramids” and more.

Check out some footage from his set below:

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Frank Ocean Suffers Tear to Vocal Cord, Scraps Australian Mini-Tour

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Frank Ocean‘s summer tour overseas has come to a hault. The Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter has canceled his sold-out Australian tour after suffering with throat problems on opening night. A trip to the doctors has revealed he has a tear to one of his vocal chords.

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Frank Ocean Takes Shot At Chris Brown In “Versace” Freestyle Lyrics


We haven’t spoke about the tension between Frank Ocean and Chris Brown in quite some time, even though it was earlier this year, their altercation seems like it was forever ago. You might remember that when Frank won at this years Grammy Awards, Chris remained seated, and while he did clap, the photo above surely paints a picture of his feelings. Of course, he had no reason to stand, they were both up for the same award ‘Best Urban Contemporary Album’ (which Frank won for channel ORANGE), and both had been in a physical fight about a week before.

While, Frank has been in Europe on his summer tour, he has randomly released lyrics to a new freestyle which he wrote over the buzzing rap song “Versace” by Migos, and in one of the lines he writes, “You could stay seated I’m taking that Grammy, your music is sloppy.”

Well, alrighty then. No audio yet, might be kinda weird to hear Frank on this joint, but his verse sounds good, read his lyrics below:

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Frank Ocean Performs New Song “Pray” Live In London

Frank Ocean is cruisin the European tour circuit on his “You’re Not Dead” Tour currently. While he kicked off the trek in Germany last month, and performed at least 3 new songs, see here, the Grammy Award-winner is treating audiences to more new music, expected to be possible tracks off his much-anticipated sophomore album.

While in London, performing at the Brixton O2 Academy, Francis debuted another new song, reportedly titled “Pray.” Check out the fan footage, and stay tuned.

Frank Ocean Debuts Three New Songs In Munich, Germany


Frank Ocean kicked off his ‘You’re Not Dead‘ Tour Tuesday night in Munich, Germany. The Grammy-winning singer/songwriter treated the audience to a stirring set of his hits and many fan favorites.

However, as a surprise and to the delight of the room Ocean debuted at least three new songs, which are presumably tracks that might live on his much-anticipated sophomore album. The concert was held at the BMW World facility, and during his set Frank stood in front of a large screen which projected his favorite retro BMW driving through a desert.

Back in February, Frank revealed that he had already recorded 10-11 songs for the new album, and he was planning to escape to an island in Bora Bora to finish working on it. We haven’t heard much else since, that is until now.

Check out the fan footage below:

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