Frank Ocean Interviews Jay Z About the Wack State of Radio: ‘Their Playlist Isn’t Based on Music’
Frank Ocean has been quiet since the release of his Blonde album, but fans got a chance to hear him on his new show blonded Radio for Beats 1.
The show, which aired today (Feb. 24) at noon, features the Grammy-winning singer playing some of his favorite songs from such artists as Prince, Sade, Outkast, Stevie Wonder and many others. He also played his new song with Calvin Harris and Migos called “Slide."
But the highlight of the show was his interview with Jay Z. Ocean aired excerpts of his conversation with Hov as they spoke about the wack state of modern radio. Per Pitchfork, Jay said that radio has changed from being a platform that broke artists to now being an advertising model that doesn't focus on the music.
"You take these pop stations, they’re reaching 18-34 young white females. So they’re playing music based on those tastes," he explains. "And then they’re taking those numbers and they’re going to advertising agencies and people are paying numbers based on the audience that they have. So these places are not even based on music. Their playlist isn't based on music. If you think a person like Bob Marley right now probably wouldn’t play on a pop station. Which is crazy. It’s not even about the DJ discovering what music is best. You know, music is music. The line’s just been separated so much that we’re lost at this point in time."
You can listen to Frank Ocean's blonded Radio program at iTunes.