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Frank Ocean Coming Out On New Album 'Channel Orange'?


Frank Ocean's Channel Orange doesn't hit shelves until July 17th, but BBC radio's Max caught a listen and says that Ocean, a ghostwriter for Justin Bieber, Beyonce, John Legend and also a vocal talent in his own right, basically comes out. Instead of using "her" in love songs, he blatantly uses "him".

From The Boombox:

[Ocean] has been holding listening parties all over the world, most recently in London, and after giving Channel Orange a spin, BBC 1 radio personality Max reported back on lyrics that would seemingly out Ocean as gay.

"Frank has also opened up about his sexuality on the album, we think it's brave and admire him for being so honest and sharing such a personal aspect of his life through his music," Max said. "On the songs 'Bad Religion' 'Pink Matter and 'Forrest Gump' you can hear him sing about being in love and their are quite obvious words used like 'him' and not 'her.'

The site also notes that Bossip.com recently ran a blind item suggesting Frank Ocean was prepping for a coming out party.

There’s been plenty of speculation about this hot young r&b star’s sexuality, but most of it has been drowned out by the adoration by fans and famous alike. After keeping folks guessing in 2011, this soul singer will answer any questions about which team he’s swinging for with his upcoming musical release.

If this is indeed about Ocean and he is coming out, the 24-year old and his many famous friends, like Jay-Z and Kanye West, could become leading figures in combating homophobia in hip-hop. That is if Ocean chose to do so, of course.

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  1. I've never heard of him, but it's probably because it is not my type of music. But what I can say is that I have always bought all the albums of george michael. I have loved his music, from way back from Wham. It has never been a problem that he was gay. He was still sexy. (Although I do not like his behavior, I mean the man has problems, and thay he is gay has nothing to to with that) still love the lyrics and the music.And I`m a straight woman so I don`t see the problem, why this guy can`t have a good music career

    Posted by: ll | Jul 4, 2012 6:45:23 AM

  2. Hearing the possible backlash, just in terms of "well, now I can't relate," is frustrating. To me it is too reminiscent of the recent swath of people who said they "couldn't relate" to the character of Rue in the film adaptation of Hunger Games because she was black, or when Toni Morrison was asked if she was ever compelled to write white characters. No, no one is bound to fake things or subscribe to the white, Christian, heterosexual "norm" in order to be understood. Love is love, emotions are universal, and even if a particular struggle is difficult to grasp, one should be interested in a different point of view about a universal problem.

    Posted by: t | Jul 4, 2012 9:52:37 AM

  3. Well said, T. There's a degree zero of emotional understanding that all empathy must come from lest it be false. That mutual emotional understanding is critical to building bridges in our fight for visibility and recognition. I've listened to hundreds of straight artists singing about love and sex and never once did I consider their work to be "unrelatable." Congrats to Frank. Just started listening to his music and what I've heard has been impressive.

    Posted by: thezerodegree | Jul 4, 2012 10:24:25 AM

  4. all u people saying u wont buy his album because its not personal, due to him singing about a man, think about this... love transcends all genders, all races. those of you saying that its not personal, fine, u dont have to buy his album, but realize that anyone who has ever been in love will have a personal connection to this album. trust me, i heard it already.

    Posted by: amulya | Jul 4, 2012 3:52:02 PM

  5. I love Billy Oceah.
    Caribbean Queen was a great song!
    Welcome to the team, Billy!


    It's Frank Ocean?
    Who the hell is he?
    Anyway, welcome to the team, Frank.
    Do you know Billy?

    Posted by: bravo | Jul 4, 2012 10:49:23 PM

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