Slide – Calvin Harris ft. Frank Ocean and Migos

If this track is any indication, it would seem like anything Frank Ocean touches turns to gold. Produced by Calvin Harris, “Slide” sounds like your typical disco influenced summer jam; soft piano paired with hard bass clapping, music that you listen to sipping piña coladas on a beach in Miami. While the beat doesn’t change too much throughout the track, Harris’ production is still very impressive in its ability to set a scene. The track begins with a high-pitched contemplation from Frank, who’s considering emptying his bank account and buying an extremely expensive Picasso painting. This isn’t your typical rapper-brag, and that’s what is refreshing about Frank Ocean. He is able to say the same things regarding money and fame as other hip-hop artists do, but creatively and inventively (although we have already seen him play around with pitch on Nikes). The hook is a catchy questioning of one’s sexual deviancy, asking, “Do you slide on all your nights like this?” with a few additional “I mights” from the intro added after.

The Migos feature was quite literally hit and miss for me. Quavo came first with his verse, with repetitive and corny one-liners, like the bar of the century: “Mama too hot like a furnace.” I’ll admit I do not go out of my way to listen to Migos, and I do carry certain assumptions about the music they make, so I was very impressed by Offset’s closing verse. Short, sweet, and pacey, Offset is able to switch his flow with one line, and honestly it makes a doubter like me want to explore Migos music more, even if I wasn’t all that impressed by Quavo’s contribution. Overall this is a song we’ll be hearing in the clubs for a long time, and finally I can say that isn’t actually a bad thing.

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