Frank Ocean's collaboration with Nas has been lost
A technical mishap has apparently resulted in the loss of the Frank Ocean / Nas collaboration that was set to appear on Nas' new album Life Is Good.
In an interview with the New York Times, Frank has revealed lyrics to the lost track which was called "No Such Thing As White Jesus."
“Whatever you do, young king, don’t wind up dead / Young queen, cross your legs/ Put a crown on your head and remove the chains/ ‘Cause even diamond chains are for slaves / Don’t set foot in no penitentiary / And don’t taste the poison / Don’t you bail on your families.”
NYT Pop Critic Jon Caramanica, who wrote the feature, shared his personal feelings about the song with MTV News.
Honestly, when he sang the hook, 'No Such Thing as White Jesus,' when he sang that hook, I was like, 'This is what Nas needs right now,'
You listen to 'No Church in the Wild' and you kind of know what he wants to bring to those sorts of records, and it was just that, but it felt even amped up to a different level. It's political and astute; it was just working on a lot of different levels.
Update 7/19/2012: Nas also talked to MTV News about the track:
I've talked about a song with Frank Ocean about a year and a half before anybody worked with him, and since then, it's been a heavily anticipated record, but I didn't talk about which song actually. Now, I've talked about us working, and we never got to that point, completing a great record. Who knows? I guess it would've been a big record if it ever came to light.
Update 8/14/2012: Producer Hit-Boy clears up the story
I had a bunch of sessions on [a hard drive], and in the mix somehow, in traveling, I lost the drive. It's not only that song — it's a bunch of other songs I could be done with right now, and I'm kinda pissed about it, but it is what it is. You live and you learn. Now, I'm backing up everything three times over — I had talked to Frank about it, and he was gonna try to re-cut it, but he was doing so much for his album that he didn't have the time. It just didn't come together.