Odd Future's Frank Ocean re-releasing 'nostalgia, ULTRA' through Def Jam, debuts new video
Following the chart success of Tyler, The Creator’s “Goblin,” Odd Future's Frank Ocean will bring his “nostalgia, ULTRA” to stores this summer.
Def Jam, which signed Ocean before Odd Future blew up last year, will package new material along with tracks from the singer’s debut for the re-release. Though rumors are circulating the Net that the disc will be released July 26, the label says there is no specific date as of yet.
The Tricky Stewart-produced fan favorite “Novacane” is being lined up as the set's first single, and will debut on iTunes on May 31.
Though signed to Def Jam, Ocean originally didn't wait around for the label to issue the disc, instead first offering the lush R&B album for free via Tumblr in February. (Though the link is expired on his site, the disc is easy to find, for now at least.) The strategy paid off: The free download of "nostalgia, ULTRA" garnered much acclaim, and no doubt prompted Def Jam to bring Ocean onto its release schedule.
How the disc will fare is uncertain, but Ocean is certainly in demand. The crooner is reportedly already working on a follow-up, and collaborating with label mate Nas. He has also been snapped in the studio with Beyoncé, crafting tracks for her upcoming album, "4."
Tyler, the Creator’s “Goblin” debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop and independent charts.
To tease the upcoming re-release, Ocean on Monday debuted the video for "Acura Integurl," a previously unreleased track. Though we can't post the video on Pop & Hiss (the lyrics aren't entirely safe for work), you can watch the clip here.
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Photo: Odd Future's Tyler the Creator, left, Mike G., Syd the Kyd, Left Brain (standing on the rail), Frank Ocean (sitting on the ground), M.C. Hodgy Beats and Domo Genesis. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times.