United by their olde English forenames and proper noun surnames as well as by their OFWGKTA family ties, Frank Ocean and Earl Sweatshirt make a perfect match on this new cut from Earl's upcoming second album 'Doris'. His new phase finds Earl in a ruminative and reflective mod, with his tracks kicking back on sinister and chopped beats, and Ocean slips effortlessly into this vibe with a verse of spoken word that deals with his disillusioned and dislocated view of things as he travels around the world and decides to stop smoking so much pot.
Most refreshingly, the song's most shocking moment comes not with Odd Future's usual barrage of strong language and imagery but with the pointed use of the word "faggot" among an elsewhere pared-back song; it's the only expletive in Ocean's verse but is turned inwards rather than fired at random – "I mean he called me a faggot." Even now, it feels new and exciting to hear a rapper openly describing their own experiences with such language rather than simply weaving it into the fabric of their music, and it creates a moment that pierces through this great collaboration.
Columbia will release 'Doris' on the 20th August 2013.