When counting down the least boring moments of this year’s Grammys, Tom noted Chris Brown’s “theatrical sulking” — mainly that he stayed seated when Frank Ocean took the stage to receive the award for Urban Contemporary Album, for which Brown was also nominated. Today, Ocean rehashed that diss, adding more heft to the beef between the two singers, by posting a sreenshot of a text file on his Tumblr (as he is wont to do) with lyrics for a remix to Migos’ increasingly prevalent cut “Versace” from their Y.R.N. mixtape. In the lyrics, Ocean references that incident (“you can stay seated / I’m taking that Grammy”), the company he keeps (“Marina Abramovic Riccardo Tisci / Madonna Beyoncé / and Donatella* if you don’t believe me / believe what the blogs say”), and Brown’s relationship with Rihanna (“you had you a lady / then she hurt your ego / now you can’t forgive her”). He also indicts Brown as a formulaic artist, writing “you had a formula / one hit the wall / now you Aryton Senna [sic]” using the three-time Formula One champion Ayrton Senna’s fatal car crash as a symbol for Brown’s declining career — although, let’s be real here: dude lost an extreme amount of amnesty for other reasons. There’s no word on what set Ocean off to post that, although “Versace” is pretty much 2013 “Beamers, Benz, And Bentley,” as many other rappers (Game, Papoose) followed suit after Drake did his own remix and, perhaps, Ocean wanted to play, too. The image was, however, captioned with “no audio.” If Chris Brown responds, I’d prefer it in “Bando” remix format and not a Twitter rant. Thanks. Full Ocean lyrics below.
*Versace! (Versace Versace Versace Versace)