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Frank Ocean Debuts Unreleased ‘Django Unchained’ Track ‘Wise Man’

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Early Sunday morning (Dec. 23), Frank Ocean released the ballad ‘Wise Man,’ which originally was supposed to appear in Quentin Tarantino’s western/slavery flick ‘Django Unchained.’ The Odd Future crooner doesn’t seem upset by the omission. “django was ill without it,” he wrote on his Tumblr page.

The song boasts vibrating guitars, swelling synths and stirring violins as Ocean sings the strengths of a determined man.

Bad man don’t exist no / No evil man exists. Good man don’t exist no / No righteous man exists / Sad man cannot cry in place where man can see / Never witnessed father weep, this old man thought it weak / But strong man don’t exist / No undying man exists / Weak man don’t exist no / Just flesh and blood exists,” he woefully croons. You can read the full lyrics here.

Director Quentin Tarantino explained the reason for the song’s absence in the movie via a press release:

Frank Ocean wrote a fantastic ballad that was truly lovely and poetic in every way, there just wasn’t a scene for it. I could have thrown it in quickly just to have it, but that’s not why he wrote it and not his intention. So I didn’t want to cheapen his effort. But, the song is fantastic, and when Frank decides to unleash it on the public, they’ll realize it then.”

While the song didn’t make it in the movie, Ocean can look forward to possibly winning some golden gramophones next year. The singer’s second album, ‘channel ORANGE,’ garnered six Grammy award nominations including Album of the Year.

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