Pharrell Calls Frank Ocean the ‘Black James Taylor’

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By: Mikey Fresh / September 23, 2011

This year Frank Ocean made a lasting mark on the music world with just one mixtape.


His debut project Nostalgia, Ultra (released in February) was hailed by critics as well as music lovers of all genres.

The New Orleans native eventually caught the ears of Neptunes producer Pharrell Williams.

Frank Ocean is incredible. We’ve worked together, too. To me [he’s] a singer/songwriter. But his album itself is incredible, “ Pharrell recently told VIBE.

Skateboard P says they first met at the 2011 Coachella music festival before getting into the studio. Without getting into specifics Pharrell says he contributed music to Frank’s forthcoming debut album.

“He’s super talented. To me he’s like the Black James Taylor. He’s lyricalhe’s got a great perspective and super sick melodies. I haven’t seen anybody bob and weave through chords with such catchy melodies in a long timethat’s why I liked working with him.”

Frank recently did his first major radio interview with Hot97’s Angie Martinez.