Ocean has taken legal action against producer Om'Mas Keith, according to the lawsuit fanatics over at TMZ. Keith is said to be claiming co-writing credits for 11 Blonde tracks—including "Ivy" and "Pink + White"—via ASCAP. According to Ocean, however, Keith had no involvement in the music or lyrics behind any of those tracks. According to TMZ's report, Ocean says he instead hired Keith back in 2014 to work on "the master recordings" for a flat rate.
Way back in September 2016, Om'Mas Keith's name appeared multiple times in the revealed Blonde credits. The producer previously worked with Ocean on Channel Orange and also boasts credits with Jay Z, Kanye West, St. Vincent, Earl Sweatshirt, and more. "Frank and I are always involved," Keith said in a 2016 Fuse interview. "I love working with him."
Ocean hasn't yet followed the long-delayed Blonde, which arrived just one day after Ocean's visual album Endless, with another full-length project. Instead, he's been dropping occasional one-offs that are often just as good as his album material. In the waning hours of an otherwise dismal Valentine's Day last week, Ocean delivered a cover of Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer's Breakfast at Tiffany's classic "Moon River."
The surprise cover inspired a 57 percent increase in on-demand audio and video streaming for previous versions of the track on Feb. 15, Billboard later reported. Ocean's cover bagged in excess of 800,000 streams on the same day.