For Creativity or Controversy…..
If you had the chance to ask Frank Ocean, he would tell you the truth. More than anything that is his best selling point now-a-days, the open book of an artist is more revered now than ever before. I remember being introduced to his music by someone who knew me for being an out of the box thinker, and I gravitated to it like water out of the desert. Masterful, ingenious classic are the adjectives I used. For the matter of being asserted, I still feel the same way about his artistry. His personal life is not my concern, although it may be a lot of others. I respect the musicianship; and you should too. Recently Frank Ocean teamed up with Odd Future co-horts for a GQ Shoot, where Ocean was very candid about his decision to come forward about his sexual preference, the fear of backlash, as well as what drew him to the OFWGKTA collective. Check it out:
On why he decided to go public with his sexuality: “If I’m going to say this, I’m going to be better than all you pieces of shit. What you going to say now? You can’t say, ‘Oh, they’re only listening to him because he said this.’ No, they’re listening to me because I’m gifted, and this project is brilliant.” (GQ.com)
On fears that his bisexuality would hurt his career: “I had those fears. In black music, we’ve got so many leaps and bounds to make with acceptance and tolerance in regard to that issue. It reflects something just ingrained, you know. When I was growing up, there was nobody in my family—not even my mother—who I could look to and be like, ‘I know you’ve never said anything homophobic.’ So, you know, you worry about people in the business who you’ve heard talk that way.” (GQ.com)
On meeting Odd Future: “At 20 or 21, I had, I think, a couple hundred thousand dollars [from producing and songwriting], a nice car, a Beverly Hills apartment—and I was miserable. Because of the relationship in part and the heartbreak in part, and also just miserable because of like just carting that around. And here was this group of like-minded individuals whose irreverence made me revere. The do-it-yourself mentality of OF really rubbed off on me.” (GQ.com)
For Full Interview: GQ.com
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