Frank Ocean drops the remix to his standout “Pink Matter” track featring Andre 3000 and Big Boi of Outkast. The song, featured on the multiple grammy nominated channel ORANGE album, features new verses from the Atlien duo.
About Frank Ocean
Christopher Francis Ocean (born Christopher Breaux; October 28, 1987), better known by his stage name Frank Ocean, is an American singer-songwriter fromNew Orleans, Louisiana. Ocean’s early career was as a ghostwriter for artists such as Brandy, Justin Bieber, and John Legend. In 2010, he became a member of alternative hip hop collective OFWGKTA, and his debut mixtape, Nostalgia, Ultra, was released the following year to critical acclaim. He released two singles: “Novacane” and ‘Swim Good”, which both achieved chart success. The mixtape gained the interest of recording artists such as Kanye West, Beyoncé Knowlesand Jay-Z, and he consequently appeared on West and Jay-Z’s Watch the Throne album.
In 2012, the BBC announced that Ocean finished second place in its Sound of 2012 poll. Ocean appeared at the Coachella Festival as well as at Lollapaloozaat the end of his 2012 summer tour.
His debut studio album, Channel Orange, was released in July 2012. The album was promoted with three charting singles: “Thinkin Bout You”, “Pyramids”, and “Sweet Life”. Ocean wrote an open letter, intended for the liner notes on Channel Orange, that would preemptively address “speculation about his same-sex attraction,” he instead blogged it on Tumblr. Ocean became one of the first major African-American music artists to announce that he had fallen in love with someone of the same sex, notable because the industry is known for expressions of homophobia.
Outkast (stylized as OutKast) is an American hip hop duo based in East Point, Georgia, consisting of Atlanta native André “André 3000” Benjamin (formerly known as Dré) and Savannah, Georgia-born Antwan “Big Boi” Patton. They were originally known as Two Shades Deep but later changed the group’s name to OutKast. The group’s original musical style was a mixture of Dirty South and G-funk. Since then, however, funk, soul, rock, electronic music, spoken wordpoetry, jazz and blues elements have been added to the group’s musical palette.
After forming the group as high school students in 1992, Outkast released its debut album Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik (1994), which gained popularity after the single “Player’s Ball” reached number one on the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks chart. The duo released ATLiens in 1996, which displayed stylistic differences from the band’s debut and featured outer space-inspired themes. The albums Aquemini (1998) and Stankonia (2000) further expanded Outkast’s musical experimentation. In 2003, the duo released a double album entitled Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, which featured the number one singles “Hey Ya!” and “The Way You Move”. “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below” won the Album Of The Year Grammy in 2004, the first and only for a hip hop group. Outkast next starred in and created the soundtrack for the 2006 musical film Idlewild. Since 2007, Outkast has been on hiatus and both members have pursued their solo careers, although the group moved to Epic Records in September 2011.
The duo is one of the most successful hip-hop groups of all time, having received six Grammy Awards. Over 25 million copies have been sold of OutKast’s eight releases: five studio albums, a greatest hits release, and the Grammy Award-winning (for Album of the Year) Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, a double album containing a solo album from each member. Along with their commercial success, OutKast has maintained an experimental approach in their music and are widely praised for their originality and artistic content