Listen Back to Frank Ocean's Brilliant 'blonded' Radio Show in Full

The first episode of the Beats 1 show premiered suddenly and will soundtrack your pizza party.

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Feb 24 2017, 8:30pm

With little warning, Frank Ocean debuted a new radio show on Beats 1 earlier today. blonded was every bit as good as you'd expect: Frank opened up with some Blonde cuts, played his early frontrunner for Song of the Summer, and then ran through a flawless playlist that included tracks from Dirty Projectors, Aphex Twin, Nina Simone, the Pixies, and Stevie Wonder. If the weather is even half-good where you are right now, Noisey suggests that you use this to soundtrack some sort of pizza party outside. You can listen back to the show in full below. It's billed as Episode 001, but nobody's certain about if and when it'll return.

While the whole thing was unexpected, two interludes of Ocean interviewing Jay Z stood out. Brief though they may have been, they were insightful; Jay talked about the state of radio and the music industry:

"It's unfortunate, because with technology and everything moving forward, it should be a better way that the music, the musicians, the radio and these things that are supposed to be instrument for the arts should exist and it shouldn't be about advertisement. The more times someone like yourself can bypass that, it's better for the arts and it's better for the audience because you have to have like a level discipline and just a belief to put music out in this place, where not everyone can. People wanna shoot for that and then they're making music that's not really conditioned to who they are, so they can reach a certain platform."

Later, Jay talked on the relationship between music and technology, which isn't an easy thing to pick off in three minutes, but it is an extremely Jay Z thing to do:

"It's unfortunate, because with technology and everything moving forward, it should be a better way that the music, the musicians, the radio and these things that are supposed to be instrument for the arts should exist and it shouldn't be about advertisement. The more times someone like yourself can bypass that, it's better for the arts and it's better for the audience because you have to have like a level discipline and just a belief to put music out in this place, where not everyone can. People wanna shoot for that and then they're making music that's not really conditioned to who they are, so they can reach a certain platform."

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