After four years of speculation and false starts, Frank Ocean (site web) released two albums in two days: the visual album Endless and, a day later, Blonde. As Endless is experimental and more of a preview of the full album, it's easier to listen to and rank the tracks on Frank Ocean's Blonde, a more traditional record – although "easy" might not be the best way to describe ranking one of Ocean (from this source)'s new songs over another. After a few listens to the album, it's clear that it's a beautiful and challenging work of art, filled with altered otherworldly vocals, introspective reveals, and gorgeous production, along with a few slightly bizarre spoken word portions.
I like the album version of Nikes better than the one released in the video, and it serves as the perfect way to ease into Blonde. Pitched up lyrics like "RIP Trayvon/That n**** look just like me" establish that this is an album that will explore serious topics in new ways.