A Guide To The Most Iconic Artists Featured On Frank Ocean's Blonde

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Frank Ocean continues to wow us as we dig into the details of his hotly anticipated sophomore album, Blonde. The elusive 28-year-old's lyricism and overall creativity have listeners dissecting each and every song. He took long enough (nearly four years) to create this uniquely Ocean specimen, and it does not disappoint. In addition to the nuanced themes that pervade the album, its stacked line-up of contributors is also majorly impressive.

Ocean listed each of the 44 artists who contributed their voices, beats, and time to his new album in his zine, Boys Don't Cry, which was released in a select number of pop-up shops around the country. Those lucky enough to score a copy of the more than 300-page collectable got everything from a screenplay written by Ocean to a poem by Kanye West to artistic (and racy) photos.

Unlike on Beyoncé's Lemonade, the contributors on Ocean's album are not credited next to the songs they worked on, making the whole thing a riddle for listeners to figure out. Some are more obvious (Bey is on "Pink + White"), and some are much more subtle (Elliot Smith, who died in 2003, is listed as a contributor), but the eclectic list of featured artists shows just how broad and diverse a following Ocean has. At the same time, many barely-there contributions show just how confident Ocean is in his work standing alone.

Blonde
is all about Ocean and his own story, but let's take a look at the stand-out contributors to this gem of an album.
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Beyoncé Knowles Carter
Why yes, that is Beyoncé's enchanting voice on the background vocals of "Pink + White."
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Kendrick Lamar
Sneeze and you'll miss Lamar's subtle vocals on "Skyline To." The powerful rapper, who was featured front and center on Lemonade's "Freedom," has a much quieter role on Blond, merely echoing the lines "smoke" and "haze."
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The Beatles
Leave it to Ocean to seamlessly intertwine a sweet Beatle's love song, "Here, There and Everywhere," with a gaudy car reference in "White Ferrari." The simple but brilliant track spins the recognizable acoustics of the Beatles' song into a near-ballad.
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David Bowie & Brian Eno
Ocean fans on Reddit have concluded that Bowie and Eno's fingerprints are all over "Godspeed." Those opening notes are just dripping with Bowie-style other-worldliness.
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Kanye West
It’s unclear which tracks West worked on with Ocean, but we bet it’s more than one — since he's listening to the album on repeat. This isn't the first time the two have worked together — West featured Ocean on “Wolves" from his 2016 album The Life of Pablo.
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Andre 3000
Andre 3000 of Outkast provides the most memorable guest appearance on the album, in "Solo (Reprise)." His raps are epic on their own, but pair them with those gothic piano chords and electronic synths, and the results are truly beyond.
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Tyler, The Creator
Tyler, The Creator and Frank Ocean are good friends, so it's no surprise to see his name listed with the other contributors. Tyler has not said which songs he worked on (he most likely provided beats, as his signature growly vocals aren'y prominently featured on any tracks), but after reading this tweet, fans are saying Tyler helped out on "Pink + White."
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James Blake & Bon Iver
James Blake and Bon Iver,provide a special dash of folk and mystery to a track or two, most noticeably "White Ferrari." Bon Iver's vocals are chillingly perfect for the final verse of the track.
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