Last week, Frank Ocean finally dropped his highly anticipated sophomore effort, Blonde, and one song that has everybody talking is the Andre 3000 helmed “Solo (Reprise)”:
Towards the end of 3 Stacks’ effortlessly executed verse, there is a line that some believe is a subliminal diss towards the 6 God himself, Drake:
Last summer, Drake was a topic of conversation in the world of Hip-Hop, when it was revealed that he had been working with songwriters to craft what were originally believed to be self-penned verses for his 2015 mixtape, If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late. The two previously collaborated in 2011 on a track off of Drake’s Take Care titled, “The Real Her“.
However, yesterday during an interview with Shade 45’s Sway Calloway, frequent collaborator and fellow Dungeon Family member Cee-Lo Green revealed that the verse was written long before any revelation of Drake not writing his own rhymes:
Cee-Lo: “I was telling him on the phone yesterday, I was like “Ooh, I seen you spaz on that Frank Ocean verse”. But he was telling me that he did that verse like, 2 years ago.”
Sway: “Ok so people think it’s about Drake, he had already pre-wrote that?”
Cee-Lo: “Yeah I can confirm this and that, but you know, it’s good for Hip-Hop.”
Although Green leaves the true answer somewhat up in the air, it seems as if the timing of the verse was in fact pure coincidence. During the interview, the Goodie Mob emcee also revealed that Andre 3000 would be taking the stage with at One Music Festival in Atlanta next month as part of their Dungeon Family reunion (Andre had not previously been featured on any of the posters or lineup announcements), and that he and Danger Mouse were in early talks of making another Gnarls Barkley album. Watch the full interview here: