Frank Ocean, Diplo and the Clash's Mick Jones and Paul Simonon Teaming Up for Converse Single
Published Mar 07, 2014Shoemakers Converse are once again bringing out a handful of musicians for a collaborative track, with the next Chuck Taylor-schilling single combining the talents of R&B crooner Frank Ocean, production whiz Diplo, and the Clash's Mick Jones and Paul Simonon.
As part of Converse's "Three Artists, One Song" singles series, the artists have produced a new track called "Hero," which goes up for download on the company's Tumblr this coming Monday (March 10). While we'll have to wait until after the weekend to hear the collaboration, Mad Decent director Diplo had more than a few positive words to say about his recent studio mates.
"The Clash were always teachers to me, even before I shared a studio with Paul and Mick," Diplo said of the punk icons in a statement. "Their musical anarchy and constant attitude to disregard rules and forge their own path was inspirational to me. They meant death to genres, music and message above everything."
Of Ocean, Diplo lavished praise onto the Channel Orange singer by saying: "Frank lives by the same creed in being married to his vision and seeing it through at any cost. We had to challenge each other to make something that we hope no one could expect and Converse valued everyone's artistic freedom to let us shine throughout the past few months to make this thing happen."
The "Three Artists, One Song" has unveiled a number of collaborative tracks over the years. This includes Best Coast leader Bethany Cosentino, Kid Cudi and Vampire Weekend member Rostam Batmanglij's "All Summer"; a track from Gorillaz, Andre 3000 and LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy; and a tune from Andrew W.K., Matt & Kim and rapper Soulja Boy, among others.