In 2005, Hurricane Katrina destroyed a young Frank Ocean's recording studio. Without a place to work, he jumped to LA. Originally planning to stay for only six weeks, he ended up settling permanently. He got himself a songwriting deal, and ended up cowriting tracks for John Legend and Justin Bieber. As he told BBC in 2012, "There was a point where I was composing for other people, and it might have been comfy to continue to do that and enjoy that income stream and the anonymity. But that's not why I moved away from school and away from family."
Our track today comes from Ocean's Channel Orange album, and details another person leaving home, but with more sinister results. In "Lost", a drug supplier uses his girlfriend as a mule, sending her around the world to deliver his goods. At first she enjoys the high flying lifestyle, and the finer things this work affords her, and the thrill she can't get at a 9-5. But soon she's lost, stuck between enjoying this extravagant lifestyle and a simple family with the protagonist. He promises her she'll soon be cooking for their kids rather than whipping up cocaine, but that she needs to take one last trip before it can end. This leads to another last trip, and another, and another...
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About the curator - Cormac McGee
Cormac McGee is a DJ, artist manager and concert promoter based in Toronto, Canada. He’s played in front of crowds from 10 – 1,000 people and has run concerts with some of today’s top hip hop artists, including Drake, Future, Mac Miller, 6lack, Ab-Soul and more. He also runs the Music Den at Ryerson University, a business incubator for entrepreneurs in the music industry.