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Frank Ocean shares Blonded Radio Christmas special

The episode is Ocean’s first since a 2019 Yuletide edition.

December 27, 2021
Frank Ocean shares <i>Blonded Radio</i> Christmas special Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images.  

Frank Ocean has shared a new episode of Blonded Radio, the third "blonded Xmas" and the show's first edition since 2019's Christmas special. It features part of a conversation between Ocean and Wim "Iceman" Hof, a Dutch motivational speaker and extreme athlete known for his ability to withstand freezing temperatures.

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The episode gets heavy, with Ocean and Hof discussing how they each have processed grief and loss. Ocean lost his brother to a car crash in August 2020 and hasn't made many statements or appearances since. He started a luxury jewelry and accessories company called Homer over the summer and arrived at the Met Gala in September with green hair and a green robot baby on his shoulder.

"Me and @iceman_hof had a conversation some time ago when I was in the earlier stages of grief,” Ocean wrote in a Christmas Day Instagram story. "We spoke for a while about his work, the purpose of grief, and how going into the cold water changed his life. It reminded me of conversations in the studio with players I know. Freewheeling, psychedelic, emotionally charged, intelligent, and generous. I enjoyed listening to him, so in this edit I just let him speak uninterrupted. Me, @coryhenry, and @dylanpatricewiggins, played some sounds underneath to heighten the feeling. I added some writing at the end that I did a single take of w Cory in the summer of 2020. I came back and added a few words and parts over the top of that take more recently. Felt like it fit the wabi sabi of Wim’s words. Merry Xmas everyone."

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Frank Ocean shares Blonded Radio Christmas special