The same car I packed up with bags and drove to Los Angeles in
I thought he drove an Acura Integra to Los Angeles (See “Acura Integurl” )
Here Ocean is referring to Hurricane Katrina, which devastated his native New Orleans. Already making serious headway on an album, the hurricane and the effects of looting and vandalism meant all his hard work was gone. So he packed up his things and headed for LA, where he was given a friends rate on a studio. He planned to go out for 6 weeks, but now says he will never return. Ocean went to LA, made the album, got signed to Def Jam, and then nothing happened.
So what do you do when you get the record contract but no one on the label is collaborating with you to try and get your album out there? That’s right, you piss them right off and release it for free online! Speaking of this situation, Ocean said,
“I signed my paperwork at the end of ‘09. It was official by January 2010. Outside of the contract and the paperwork, there was no relationship. I never walked through the building. I never had an opportunity to build with them… All I knew was that I was an artist, and I didn’t have a relationship with my label.”
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