Frank Ocean’s latest LP, Blonde, was shrouded in mystery as to who assisted the singer/songwriter on his latest opus when it was released digitally back in August. With the Black Friday release of hard copies of the project last month, liner notes for Blondehighlighted a star-studded lineup of contributors that were long speculated to be connected.
A fan uploaded the liner notes via a Reddit forum post, which has sparked a flurry of discussion across the internet while confirming some of the swirling speculations. On the album’s opener and lead single “Nikes,” longtime collaborator Malay and Om’Mas Keith of The Sa-Ra Creative Partners are listed as producers.
On the track “Pink+White,” it was officially confirmed that the Ocean and Pharrell Williams-produced track featured backing vocals from Beyoncé. For the song “White Ferrari,” Kanye West is listed as a co-writer. Tyler The Creator is noted as helping pen “Skyline To.”
James Blake didn’t assist with songwriting as was originally stated in earlier reports regarding the personnel used for the album, but he did lend production to “Solo,” the André 3000-assisted “Solo (Reprise),” and “Godspeed” which features vocals from Yung Lean. Jon Brion, who has worked with West and Katy Perry in times past, assisted with production on the aforementioned “Solo (Reprise)” along with production and arrangement on “Self Control” as well.
Michael Uzowuru, who has worked with the likes of Earl Sweatshirt, Vince Staples, and Vic Mensa, produced alongside Ocean on the track “Nights.” Although Kendrick Lamar was thought to be a co-writer, his name doesn’t appear in the liner notes.