The lost Nas and Frank Ocean collaboration has been found
In 2011, it was reported that Frank Ocean had spent time in the studio with Nas recording a track. In 2012, it was reported that the session for that track, called "No Such Thing As White Jesus," was lost after producer Hit-Boy misplaced a hard drive during travel.
Hit-Boy has now revealed that the drive has been recovered and spoke to MTV News about it:
It got mixed up with some drives that Kanye's engineers had, and they finally they sent it back and I got the files now. Nas' manager reached out, and he's excited. I don't know exactly what's gonna happen with it yet, but that song is gonna be heard by the world one day.
Frank sang his part to New York Times' Jon Caramanica during the interview for his 2012 profile:
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
Hit-Boy went on to talk about how the hook came to be:
Me and Frank went in the studio a while ago and he just wrote the hook, just blindly, we just wanted to create. He played it for Nas, and as soon as he played it he texted me and was like, 'Yo, Nas went crazy.'
It's different from what you're used to from me as for as far as the newer joints, as far as the energy joints," he said. "It's like a real-life song.
It's possible the track could appear on Nas' upcoming 2013 LP. He too spoke to MTV News about the rediscovery.
I would love to reconnect with Frank Ocean.