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Nikes
Frank Ocean Lyrics


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These bitches want Nikes
They looking for a check
Tell 'em it ain't likely
Said she need a ring like Carmelo
Must be on that white like Othello
All you want is Nikes
But the real ones just like you
Just like me

I don't play, I don't make time
But if you need dick I got you and I yam from the line
Pour up for A$AP
RIP Pimp C
RIP Trayvon, that nigga look just like me
Woo, fuckin' buzzin', woo!
That my lil cousin, he got a lil trade
His girl keep the scales, a lil mermaid
We out by the pool, some lil mermaids
Me and them gel
Like twigs with them bangs
Now that's a real mermaid
You been holding your breath
Weighted down
Punk madre, punk papa
He don't care for me
But he cares for me
And that's good enough
We don't talk much or nothin'
But when we talkin' about somethin'
We have good discussion
I met his friends last week, feels like they're up to somethin'
That's good for us

We'll let you guys prophesy
We'll let you guys prophesy
We gon' see the future first
We'll let you guys prophesy
We gon' see the future first
Living so the last night feels like a past life
Speakin' of the, don't know what got into people
Devil be possessin homies
Demons try to body jump
Why you think I'm in this bitch wearing a fucking Yarmulke?
Acid on me like the rain
Weed crumbles in the glitter
Rain, glitter
We laid out on this wet floor
Away turf, no Astro
Mesmerized how the strobes glow
Look at all the people feet dance
I know that your nigga came with you
But he ain't with you
We only human and it's humid in these Balmains
I mean my balls stickin' in my jeans
We breathin' pheromones, Amber Rose
Sippin' pink-gold lemonades
Feelin'

I may be younger but I'll look after you
We're not in love, but I'll make love to you
When you're not here I'll save some for you
I'm not him but I'll mean somethin' to you
I'll mean somethin' too
I'll mean somethin' too
You got a roommate he'll hear what we do
It's only awkward if you're fuckin' him too

Overall Meaning

Frank Ocean's song Nikes is a complicated track that touches upon themes of decadence, materialism, and cliched desires. In the opening lines, Frank speaks to a group of women looking for something out of reach, specifically, shoes. Here, the shoes are a symbol of aspiration, materialism, and status, which is highlighted by the line "They looking for a check/Tell 'em it ain't likely." The song's chorus then commences, where Frank speaks to the listeners themselves, commenting on the reality that they are no different from these women who are looking for Nikes. He says, "All you want is Nikes/But the real ones just like you/Just like me," reminding us how we all have our materialistic desires.


The song's verses are more dense and cryptic. Frank briefly touches upon sex and relationships, with lines like "I don't play, I don't make time/But if you need a dick, I got you." The song shifts in tone in the second verse, where Frank mentions important figures like A$AP Rocky, Pimp C, and Trayvon Martin. The latter is particularly significant as Trayvon Martin was a black teenager who was fatally shot by George Zimmerman, a neighbourhood watchman. The line "RIP Trayvon, that nigga look just like me" underscores the ideological gulf between Frank and the sort of superficial women he had criticised earlier in the song as it is clear that Frank is not interested in material items but social justice and racial equality. Nikes is a groundbreaking song that deconstructs and examines what it means to be a consumer and an individual in the modern world.


Line by Line Meaning

These bitches want Nikes
These women desire expensive shoes as a symbol of status


They looking for a check
They want to use the shoes to impress someone or to gain money


Tell 'em it ain't likely
They are unlikely to obtain the shoes or find what they're looking for


Said she need a ring like Carmelo
The woman wants an engagement ring similar to the basketball player Carmelo Anthony's ring as a symbol of commitment


Must be on that white like Othello
She might be under the influence of a drug or medication that changes her perception of reality, similar to what happened to Othello in Shakespeare's play of the same name


All you want is Nikes
The desire for material possessions is the main concern for many people, including the singer


But the real ones just like you
The singer implies that the true self-worth is not determined by material possessions or social status, and that we are all the same


Just like me
The artist includes himself in the group of individuals whose worth is not determined by material possessions


I don't play, I don't make time
The artist does not have time for meaningless games and relationships


But if you need dick I got you and I yam from the line
The artist is willing to provide sexual pleasure but nothing more than that, hinting at his African-American roots


Pour up for A$AP
The singer raises a drink to pay tribute to the late rapper A$AP Yams


RIP Pimp C
The artist pays tribute to the deceased rapper Pimp C


RIP Trayvon, that nigga look just like me
The singer acknowledges the tragedy of Trayvon Martin's death and reveals his personal connection to the case due to his similarity in appearance with Trayvon


Woo, fuckin' buzzin', woo!
The singer is excited and possibly high or drunk


That my lil cousin, he got a lil trade
The singer is talking about his younger relative who has a specialty or a job


His girl keep the scales, a lil mermaid
The younger relative's girlfriend is responsible for weighing or measuring a substance, and is compared to the character Ariel in a playful way


We out by the pool, some lil mermaids
The artist and his group are enjoying a relaxing time by the pool with the girlfriends present


Me and them gel
The singer gets along well with the girlfriends


Like twigs with them bangs
The girlfriends' hairstyles are compared to twigs with bangs


Now that's a real mermaid
The girlfriends are playfully compared to mermaids


You been holding your breath
The artist implies that the listener has been waiting for something to happen


Weighted down
The listener might have felt burdened or overwhelmed


Punk madre, punk papa
The singer is calling the listener's parents weak


He don't care for me
The listener's father does not care for the artist


But he cares for me
Despite the previous statement, the singer thinks that the listener's father actually does care for him


And that's good enough
The singer is satisfied with the current situation, as he feels that he has obtained some level of approval from the listener's father


We don't talk much or nothin'
The singer and the listener might not have a close relationship, as they do not communicate frequently


But when we talkin' about somethin'
When they do talk, it is about meaningful or significant things


We have good discussion
The artist and the listener have productive and engaging conversations


I met his friends last week, feels like they're up to somethin'
The singer has recently met the listener's father's friends and suspects that something is going on, perhaps regarding himself and the listener


That's good for us
The singer thinks that whatever the father's friends are planning, it will be beneficial for him and the listener


We'll let you guys prophesy
The artist will allow people to make predictions or see into the future


We gon' see the future first
The artist believes that he and his group will experience something before others do


Living so the last night feels like a past life
The artist and his group live their lives intensely, making everyday experiences memorable


Speakin' of the, don't know what got into people
The singer is discussing how people are acting strangely, and doesn't know what is causing it


Devil be possessin homies
The artist suggests that some people might be under the influence of evil forces


Demons try to body jump
The singer believes that supernatural forces are trying to take over people's physical bodies


Why you think I'm in this bitch wearing a fucking Yarmulke?
The singer reveals that he is wearing a Jewish skullcap as a form of protection from evil spirits


Acid on me like the rain
The singer compares the sensation of acid on his skin to falling rain


Weed crumbles in the glitter
The artist notes that weed is present in the glitter around him


Rain, glitter
The artist describes the setting, where rain and glitter are falling around him


We laid out on this wet floor
The singer is relaxing on a wet surface, possibly due to the rain


Away turf, no Astro
The singer is not on familiar ground, and there is no artificial grass like there would be on a sports field


Mesmerized how the strobes glow
The artist is captivated by the flashing lights of a strobe


Look at all the people feet dance
The artist is observing the crowd's reaction to the music


I know that your nigga came with you
The artist has noticed that the listener's significant other is present


But he ain't with you
Despite being physically present, the listener's significant other is emotionally distant or not involved in the same activities as the listener


We only human and it's humid in these Balmains
The artist acknowledges that everyone is human, and it is hot and uncomfortable in their designer clothes


I mean my balls stickin' in my jeans
The singer is expressing how uncomfortable he is due to the heat and his clothing


We breathin' pheromones, Amber Rose
The singer implies that everyone around him is aroused, and references the model and sex-positive advocate Amber Rose


Sippin' pink-gold lemonades
The singer and his group are drinking expensive and fancy cocktails


Feelin'
The artist simply indicates his current state of being


I may be younger but I'll look after you
The artist is willing to provide care and support to the listener despite their age difference


We're not in love, but I'll make love to you
The singer is willing to have sex with the listener despite not being in love with them


When you're not here I'll save some for you
The singer promises to save some of their sexual energy for the next time they are together


I'm not him but I'll mean somethin' to you
The artist acknowledges that he is not the perfect partner but believes he can still provide the listener with something meaningful


I'll mean somethin' too
The artist emphasizes that he can also be a significant presence in the listener's life


You got a roommate he'll hear what we do
The artist reminds the listener that their activities might be overheard by a roommate who is present


It's only awkward if you're fuckin' him too
The singer jokingly implies that the situation will only be awkward if the roommate is also involved in their sexual activities




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Christopher Edwin Breaux, James Blake Litherland, James Ryan Ho, Ommas Keith-Graham, Carl Palmer, Jeff Palmer, Harry Palmer

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

@user-xz8oc8yl3k

2011: Tyler dropped Goblin
2012: Frank dropped channel ORANGE
2013: Earl dropped Doris

2015: Earl dropped IDLSIDGO
2016: Frank dropped Blonde
2017: Tyler dropped Flower Boy

2018: Earl dropped Some Rap Songs
2019: Tyler dropped IGOR
2020: Frank?



@just_cade

“I may be younger, but I’ll look after you.

We’re not in love, but I’ll make love to you.

When you’re not here, I’ll save some for you.

I’m not him, but I’ll mean something to you. “

So powerful. Definitely cried the first time I heard this song.



@isak_zothansanga

when he said

一人の男
たくさんかわいい女の子
誰かのことを 誰も縛れはしない
他人の心
まあ、飲みたいならお酒でも飲もう(ふぉ)
彼女がいたり、彼氏がいたり
気の合っちゃう人間2人
しょうがない


I felt that



@Pride317

Lyrics

[Verse 1: Frank Ocean]
These bitches want Nikes
They looking for a check
Tell 'em it ain't likely
Said she need a ring like Carmelo
You must be on that white like Othello
All you want is Nikes, but the real ones
Just like you, just like me
I don't play, I don't make time
But if you need dick, I got you
And I yam from the line
Pour up for A$AP, R.I.P. Pimp C
R.I.P. Trayvon, that nigga look just like me
Woo, fucking buzzing, woo
That my little cousin, he got a little trade
His girl keep the scales, a little mermaid
We out by the pool, some little mermaids
Me and them gel like twigs with them bangs
Now that's a real mermaid
You been holding your breath, weighted down
Punk madre, punk papá
He don't care for me, but he cares for me
And that's good enough
We don't talk much or nothing
But when we talking 'bout something
We have good discussion
I met his friends last week
Feels like they're up to something
That's good for us

[Verse 2: Frank Ocean]
We'll let you guys prophesy
We'll let you guys prophesy
We gon' see the future first
We'll let you guys prophesy
We gon' see the future first
Living so the last night feels like a past life
Speaking of the don't know what got into people
Devil be possessing homies
Demons try to body-jump
Why you think I'm in this bitch wearing a fucking yarmulke?
Acid on me like the rain
Weed crumbles into glitter
Rain, glitter
We laid out on this wet floor
Away turf, no Astro
Mesmerized how the strobes glow
Look at all the people feet dance
I know that your nigga came witcha
But he ain't witcha
We only human and it's humid in these Balmains
I mean my balls sticking to my jeans
We breathing pheromones, Amber Rose
Sipping pink-gold lemonades
Feeling

[Bridge: Frank Ocean]
I may be younger, but I'll look after you
We're not in love, but I'll make love to you
When you're not here, I'll save some for you
I'm not him, but I'll mean something to you
I'll mean something to you
I'll mean something to you
You got a roommate, he'll hear what we do
It's only awkward if you're fucking him too

[Verse 3: KOHH]



@Unstable_Luis

[Intro]

[Chorus: Frank Ocean]
These bitches want Nikes
They looking for a check
Tell 'em it ain’t likely
Said she need a ring like Carmelo
It must be on that white like Othello
All you want is Nikes
But the real ones
Just like you
Just like me

[Verse 1: Frank Ocean]
I don't play, I don't make time
But if you need dick I got you
And I yam from the line
Pour up for A$AP
RIP Pimp C
RIP Trayvon, that nigga look just like me
Woo, fuckin’ buzzin', woo!
That my little cousin, he got a little trade
His girl keep the scales, a little mermaid
We out by the pool, some little mermaids
Me and them gel
Like twigs with them bangs
Now that's a real mermaid
You been holding your breath
Weighted down
Punk madre, punk papa
He don't care for me
But he cares for me
And that's good enough
We don't talk much or nothin'
But when we talkin' about something
We have good discussion
I met his friends last week
Feels like they’re up to something
That’s good for us


[Verse 2: Frank Ocean]
We'll let you guys prophesize
We’ll let you guys prophesize
We gon' see the future first
We'll let you guys prophesize
We gon' see the future first
Living so that last night feels like a past life
Speaking of the, don’t know what got into people
Devil be possessin' homies
Demons try to body jump
Why you think I'm in this bitch wearing a fucking Yarmulke?
Acid on me like the rain
Weed crumbles into glitter
Rain, glitter
We laid out on this wet floor
Away turf, no Astro
Mesmerized how the strobes glow
Look at all the people feet dance
I know that your nigga came with you
But he ain't with you
We only human and it's humid in these Balmains
I mean my balls sticking to my jeans
We breathin' pheremones, Amber Rose
Sippin' pink-gold lemonades
Feelin'


[Bridge: Frank Ocean]
I may be younger but I'll look after you
We're not in love but I'll make love to you
When you're not here I'll save some for you
I'm not him but I'll mean something to you
I'll mean something to you
I'll mean something to you
You got a roommate, he'll hear what we do
It's only awkward if you're fucking him too

[Verse 3: KOHH]
一人の男
たくさんかわいい女の子
誰かのことを 誰も縛れはしない
他人の心
まあ、飲みたいならお酒でも飲もう(ふぉ)
彼女がいたり、彼氏がいたり
気の合っちゃう人間2人
しょうがない
男たちと 女たち
去るもの追わず
来るもの選ぶ
それだけの話
今しかない時間
大事にしな
何億万人も
いい人ならいるよ
あの子がまたモデルの子に嫉妬
でも好きなら好き
無理なら無理だし
次から次に (次に)
類が友を呼んでくれるいつも (類が友を呼ぶ)
たまには離れてみるのも必要 (必要…必要…)
自由にする まるでパリスヒルトン (パリスヒルトン)



@ayushgupta7273

one man
lots of pretty girls
no one can bind someone
other people's hearts
Well, if you want to drink, let's have some alcohol (foo)
have a girlfriend or have a boyfriend
Two people who get along
can't help
men and women
don't chase things that go away
choose what comes
that's all
now is the only time
don't take care
billions of people
there are good people
That girl is jealous of the model girl again
But if you like it, like it
It's impossible if it's impossible
next to next (next)
A kind calls a friend, always (A kind calls a friend)
Sometimes it's necessary to try to separate (need...need...)
Free he's like Paris Hilton (Paris Hilton)



@GreenTimeEagle

Kye Proctor the outro verses are brilliant. I love his use of different meanings for the same words. We're not in love but I'll make love to you- love has two meanings here.
If you know channel orange, a song titled "Crack Rock" talks about homes in 3 meanings

Smokin stones in glass homes
Your smokin stones, in abandoned homes
You hit them stones, and broke your home

1) the glass container
2) physical houses
3) family



All comments from YouTube:

@lanizcrib

the album is titled blonde because blonde hair is often bright when one is young, but it begins to darken as they age. this is used to discuss how we lose our freedom with age. this theory is supported by the fact that after the nights beat switch, the album takes a darker tone. in the first half of the album (before nights) frank uses high-pitched vocals to represent his younger self. he also mentions the word summer several times in this album which represents youth and freedom. in the second half of the album (after the nights beat switch) he only references summer once when Andre 3000 says he is “watching the summer come close to an end” which represents the end of his childhood.

@mthermon7439

Blonde is overrated

@Ar-px4yd

Mthermon74 the weeknd pfp

@Amir-qz4bn

@@Ar-px4yd Relax they're both amazing artists in their own separate league

@alhassansherizz

@@mthermon7439 The fact that you hate Frank so much but comment 27 comments on his channel and also have a pfp of The Weeknd is sad lmao.

@mthermon7439

@@alhassansherizz you’re talking about sad when u listen to frank lmao okay.

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@joesmith-em2cd

So sad to hear about Frank Ocean’s younger brother. May he rest in eternal peace.

@walkmanboi465

wait what?

@yourplug4399

Walkmanboi he sadly passed away

@walkmanboi465

@Haramguez and franks mom as well. no parent should lose their child

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