Ocean’s most shockingly subversive work to date. While the subtext may be lost on the casual listener, the duality of Chanel is quite bluntly addressing Ocean’s bisexuality and the pratfalls of gender expectations therein. “My guy pretty like a girl and he got fight stories to tell,” he begins before brusquely describing a sexual encounter with “one that’s straight acting.”
Fittingly, his most forthright confessional to date is matched by production that is muted, submerging lines of piano beneath layers of reverb and letting his vocals stand front and center; yet another instance of dual identities syncing into one harmonious whole. And while the A$AP Rocky featuring remix that followed shortly after is entertaining, it takes away from the most precious element of what makes Chanel work: this is Frank exposing himself more than he’s ever dared before.
My guy pretty like a girl And he got fight stories to tell I see both sides like Chanel See on both sides like Chanel Swimming laps through pool water Heated like I'm underworld Hide my tattoos in Shibuya Police think I'm of the underworld 12 treat a nigga like he 12 How you looking up to me and talking down? Can't you see I am the big man? (Big man) God level I am the I am (whoa) Now film it with that drone cam In the pink like Killa Cam Put a zoom on that stick, Noé Up so close I'm on that kill Remote controller on your lower back Yes the good Dick could roll the eyes back in the skull Rolling when you ride, poppin' Rolling when you ride Ride the Rodman Got one that's straight acting Turnt out like some dirty plastic (Ride) 2016 burnt some discs 2017 ideas playing off a Walkman This a cult not a clique on the net With a cup in a cup, Actavis That's a double edge, "issa knife" And I don't like to fight 'til I'm fighting Revenge in the air make my lungs sick Chopper in the sky like a gun trick Clips on clips like Mike It's really all I see both sides like Chanel See on both sides like Chanel It's really you on my mind It's really you on my mind It's really you It's really you on my mind V both sides of the 12 Steam both sides of the L Freeze smoke rings and they hail Sleet snow grind for the wealth Whole team diamonds is real Showed 'em how to shine by they selves You need a cosign for your health I need that bitch to grind on my belt I know you need to try for my belt I know you seen it driving itself No matte black on the ride 'cause it's stale But it's stealth I see both sides like Chanel I see both sides like Chanel My pockets snug They can't hold my 7 They banned my Visa My Amex and Mastercards I got new money And it's all cash I got new bags And they all collabs I rubber band a bunch of thousand dollar Delta gift cards I mean my baby boy Amazing the cash online unknown I mean my baby boy Blazing the dash counting money at home My pockets snug They can't hold my 7 They banned my Visa My Amex and Mastercards I got new money And it's all cash I got new bags And they all collabs I rubber band a bunch of thousand dollar Delta gift cards I mean my baby boy Amazing the cash online unknown I mean by baby boy Blazing the dash counting money at home