Tuesday, August 2, 2016

While we wait for Frank Ocean's album, try this song on for size...

We're only four days away from finally getting Frank Ocean's "sophomore" (second) album, Boys Don't Cry. But while we wait, sitting on our hands so we don't bite our nails, why not have a listen to Atlanta rapper Berhana, whose new single Janet recalls Channel Orange's catchier moments.

Despite the title, the song isn't a tribute to Ms Jackson. Instead, it's a reference to actress Janet Hubert, who played Aunt Viv on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air... before suddenly being replaced after three seasons by a new, lighter-skinned performer.

Hubert's name was in the news earlier this year, after she criticised Fresh Prince star Will Smith for boycotting the Oscars, accusing him of being part of the system he claimed to be protesting against.

Berhana's song doesn't get into that particular argument but context is everything.

Meanwhile, I'm waiting for Iggy Azalea to pen a song called Vanessa, in tribute to the actress who originally played Pippa Ross in Home and Away.

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