Photo: Courtesy Def Jam Recordings.
Maybe you haven't noticed it, but it's actually been a busy few days in the world of Frank Ocean. On the upside, the singer just changed his legal name, which was heretofore Christopher Edwin Breaux, to, yeah, Frank Ocean. It's not exactly revolutionary, but it should make invoicing easier. Speaking of which, Chipotle is suing Ocean, citing that the artist never delivered a cover of "Pure Imagination" from the Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory soundtrack. The fact that we'll never get to hear that fills us with a sorrow that words cannot explain.
But, again, there is good news. Today, we got a first listen to "Hero," Ocean's contribution to Converse's "Three Artists One Song" series. Here, he's teamed up with super DJ, Diplo, which seems more than natural. The third leg of this trio, however, is a little unexpected. Punk vets Mick Jones and Paul Simonon of The Clash ("the only band that matters") add a bit of guitar, bass, and rock cred to the track, which turns out is all about Ocean's ability to cross genres. Helping out on that tip is West Los Angeles Children's Choir. Punks and choir kids? That sounds just about right for Ocean.
Listen to the track yourself right here.