Kanye West, Beyoncé, James Blake Contributions Revealed in Frank Ocean's 'Blonde' Liner Notes
Published Dec 12, 2016When Frank Ocean surprise-released Blonde earlier this year, an impressive list of contributors to the record quickly began to circulate, leaving listeners guessing at who appeared where and in what capacity. Now, following the vinyl release of the album, in-depth liner notes have revealed the precise role that some of the big-name contributors played.
In addition to the previously confirmed and more easily recognizable contributions — like Beatles samples ("White Ferrari"), Elliott Smith nods ("Seigfried"), and discernible features from Kendrick Lamar ("Skyline To") and André 3000 ("Solo [Reprise]") — Ocean has now attributed credits to Beyoncé, Kanye West and James Blake.
As suspected by many, Bey is indeed a backing vocalist on "Pink + White," while West has been confirmed as a co-writer on "White Ferrari." It also turns out that Blake didn't actually pitch in on "White Ferrari," but rather did production, arrangement and keyboards on "Solo," "Solo (Reprise)" and "Godspeed."
Other notable collaborators include ex-Dirty Projectors singer Amber Coffman, who sings back-up on "Nikes," and Yung Lean, whose vocals get featured on "Godspeed." As for former Vampire Weekend member Rostam Batmanglij, he arranged and co-produced "Ivy" and contributed an "Untitled" sample on "Seigfried."
Check out a photo of the full liner notes here via Reddit. Listen to Blonde below via Apple Music.