For the first time in four years, after major anticipation and angst, Frank Ocean finally released his sophomore effort, Blond.
And, as always, like with any music that gets released, the internet rushed to their keyboards to shoot off hot takes: is it classic or trash, was it worth the wait, and, oh, did Andre 3000 diss Drake?
The song from which the alleged “diss” came is the 10th track on the album, “Solo (Reprise)”, which features the former Grammy winner spewing a fast-paced staccato soliloquy over a bare piano. It’s this stanza where hip-hop investigators have found possible shade being thrown.
Taking Andre’s verse as a possible Drake diss is an easy assumption to make given the information divulged during the public and nasty feud the Toronto rapper had with MMG artist Meek Mill earlier this summer.
He ain’t even write that verse on my album and if I woulda knew I woulda took it off my album….. I don’t trick my fans! Lol
— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) July 22, 2015
But an easy assumption is not always the correct one. To think that Andre 3000, who hardly ever does features and has never released a solo studio album, would use a rare moment in music to spend energy attacking someone directly, doesn’t sound plausible.
But we’ll let you be the judge. The Andre verse recites:
“After 20 years in / I’m so naive I was under the impression that everyone wrote they own verses /It’s comin’ back different and yea that shit hurts me.”
Frank and Andre 3000 connected four years ago on “Pink Matter,” one of the many stand-out songs from the 2012 critically acclaimed Channel Orange, so choosing 3000 as his lone rap feature does not come as a surprise.
andre 3000 basically said at the end of his verse that this generation’s music taste is so trash that we don’t even deserve his music lmao
— j (@younggwhite) August 21, 2016
Andre 3000 drops one fire verse for the year
then goes backs home to sip herbal tea and watch jimi hendrix documentaries to piss us off.
— Ahmed/P3 Classic (@big_business_) August 21, 2016
We have “best rapper” debates weekly, and then twice a year Andre 3000 drops a verse and reminds us that we’ve wasted our time.
— the other one (@imfromraleigh) August 21, 2016
“I’m so naive
I was under the impression that everyone wrote they own verses” – Andre 3000 pic.twitter.com/nRVX8VqxgG
— XXL Magazine (@XXL) August 21, 2016