Frank Ocean Covers Prince’s ‘When You Were Mine,’ Performs With Earl Sweatshirt
With all the hype surrounding Frank Ocean and his new solo album, ‘Channel Orange,’ you might think that he has reached the apex of attention he can grab for himself — but then again, if you think that, you probably don’t know Ocean very well. The Odd Future member managed to one-up himself during a concert marking the release of ‘Orange’ on Tuesday in Los Angeles by not only covering the eternally cool Prince, but also by bringing out fellow Odd Future member Earl Sweatshirt for a surprise guest performance at the gig.
We don’t really have to explain the hip factor of playing a Prince jam, but it’s worth mentioning that his selection of the deep cut ‘When You Were Mine’ (off 1980′s oft-overlooked ‘Dirty Mind’) gets bonus points. Ocean’s version highlights his deeply soulful pipes — that is, when you can hear him over all the screaming fans — in what is a stripped-down but ultimately stellar track.
But the true highlight is the appearance of Sweatshirt, whose mysterious disappearance from Odd Future just as they were getting big was the stuff of legend. He resumed performing with the group back in March, and here he jumps onstage to bust out his guest rap from the ‘Orange’ cut ‘Super Rich Kids.’ Even after spending a year at a halfway house for trouble-making youth in Samoa, Sweatshirt still flows.
Watch Frank Ocean Cover Prince’s ‘When You Were Mine’
Watch Earl Sweatshirt Guest With Frank Ocean On ‘Super Rich Kids’