Listen to Frank Ocean’s ‘PDA,’ Originally Written for the Backstreet Boys

Before Frank Ocean was Frank Ocean he was Lonnie Breaux, just another aspiring singer-songwriter trying to get by. Part of being unknown means anonymously paying your dues, which is why he sang a reference track for "PDA," a song that originally popped up on This Is Us, the Backstreet Boys’ comeback album. The song is explicit as all hell, but Ocean’s croon lends it a gentle candor that sounds a little more romantic than simply singing about fornicating at a movie theater. Ocean’s name doesn’t appear in the credits for the BSB’s album, so it’s unclear whether he had any part in writing or producing the track; regardless, that’s definitely his voice. Listen to it after the click, via Prefix.

If you’re not up on your BSB deep cuts, you can listen to their version over here. Ocean’s version sounds a lot more believable because, I don’t know, he’s not in the Backstreet Boys? He literally isn’t Nick Carter making analogies about being in a XXX movie, or Brian Littrell singing about boning in a Starbucks? I could go on.

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