R&B singer Frank Ocean collaborates with Gospel singer Kim Burrell on new single Godspeed
In a Tumblr post Ocean published to coincide with the album release, he wrote,
I wrote a story in the middle—It’s called “Godspeed.” It’s basically a reimagined part of my boyhood. Boys do cry, but I don’t think I shed a tear for a good chunk of my teenage years. It’s surprisingly my favorite part of life so far. Surprising, to me, because the current phase is what I was asking the cosmos for when I was a kid. Maybe that part had its rough stretches too, but in my rearview mirror it’s getting small enough to convince myself it was all good. And really though… It’s still all good.
Frank Ocean seems to be a longtime fan of Burrell’s and back in 2010 penned a short essay on his Tumblr about his own religious upbringing in connection with a 2007 video of Burrell performing the song, “Home.”
“I was raised Christian,”Ocean wrote at the time. “Only had a few friends from different religions growing up.”
He describes the strict religious upbringing of his mother and grandmother as well as his conversion to Catholicism around the age of 13: “I never sang or played in the church though, unfortunately,” Ocean continues. “I remember being kind of intimidated by the idea of it, actually. Church was the hood Julliard to me. All the coldest musicians came out of there. [Kim Burrell] in the video…summa cum laude.”
Take a listen to Godspeed with Kim Burrell: