Frank Ocean, The Clash and Diplo Collaborate on New Track

03/11/2014
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(Radio.com) Frank Ocean has yet to announce a follow-up to his 2012 album, Channel Orange, but he's giving fans a little consolation prize with his brand new track "Hero."

The track isn't officially his though, it's actually part of Converse's musical series, Three Artists, One Song, which has different artists teaming up for one collaborative track. This time around, Ocean is teaming up with Diplo and The Clash's guitarist Mick Jones and bassist Paul Simonon.

On the '60s inspired track, which has a little bit of The Clash's punk rock edge, Ocean sings about and letting everyone know, "I'm a black man/I can dunk." Perhaps a nod to the product he's hawking. The little kids choir, which joins in halfway through, gives it that same intimate, soulful feel Ocean brought to Beyoncι "Superpower" off her latest album. And perhaps, gives us a hint of what's to come with Ocean's next release.

While it's Ocean's first new track in two years, it's also the first time the two former Clash bandmates, Jones and Simonon, have played together since touring with Gorillaz in support of 2010′s Plastic Beach.

In a statement, Diplo talked about what it meant to record with his punk rock heroes. "The Clash were always teachers to me, even before I shared a studio with Paul and Mick. Their musical anarchy and constant attitude to disregard rules and forge their own path was inspirational to me," he said. "They meant death to genres, music and message above everything. Frank lives by the same creed in being married to his vision and seeing it through at any cost. We had to challenge each other to make something that we hope no one could expect and Converse valued everyone's artistic freedom to let us shine throughout the past few months to make this thing happen."

Listen to "Hero" here.

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