Comments

  1. Paul says

    Of all the celebrity coming-outs lately, I think this is the most significant. Hiphop music isn’t the friendliest place if you’re not macho. Best of luck to him.

  2. GMB says

    Don’t just listen to his music, read his LYRICS. They are intricately woven masterpieces, full of nuance, turns of phrase and coded meanings. Moreover, Frank Ocean is willing to do something that no out LGBT artist has had the balls to do: sing unequivocally to his own gender with full-hearted emotion, male pronouns and all. That is absolutely historic.

    Frank Ocean wrote the lyrics, the music AND executive produced his albums. I don’t think you can overstate his talent; he’s the most individually gifted r&b writer to show up since Prince and Stevie Wonder. I really don’t think that’s hyperbolic.

    By all means, get songs from his “Nostalgia / Ultra” mixtape if you can, especially “Strawberry Swing,” “Swim Good,” and “Songs About Women,” which has a gay-affirming lyric built right into its story. The first verse describes his time in high school, when he’d say that he was writing songs for women. The second verse, in present tense, says that he no longer says that anymore… and yet people don’t believe him. The final phrases directly address the guy he’s in love with: “These songs are for YOU, babe. These songs are for YOU.” It’s brilliant.

    Tell EVERYONE YOU KNOW to buy this album. It’s launched today at #1 on iTunes and we need to keep it there. Frank Ocean can change the world.

  3. Scar2 says

    The cd was released a week early yesterday & I downloaded it right away (& paid for it too :) The music is like the man himself. It doesn’t follow any rules & it’s eclectic in a beautiful way. Sure to be in a lot of Best of 2012 lists. The fact that he’s queer is a bonus.

  4. IAN F says

    Wow that was very moving.

    It will be interesting to watch if he gets played on radio. The big radio corporations have a long history of staying away from openly gay men and especially songs with openly gay lyrics. Adam Lambert wanted to make his song that uses “he” as the object of desire in a song as a single and was told by radio they would not play it with that pronoun.

    Hopefully with Jayz and friends backing him, Frank will have better luck.

  5. Ryan says

    I didn’t expect to hear music and lyrics like this out of hiphop again. Singing is pretty fantastic too. Amazing what a little emotion can bring to song when you’re not trying to front like a stone faced you know what.

  6. Ryan says

    I didn’t expect to hear music and lyrics like this out of hiphop again. Singing is pretty fantastic too. Amazing what a little emotion can bring to song when you’re not trying to front like a stone faced you know what.

  7. Ryan says

    I didn’t expect to hear music and lyrics like this out of hiphop again. Singing is pretty fantastic too. Amazing what a little emotion can bring to song when you’re not trying to front like a stone faced you know what.

  8. Greg says

    WOW….he’s really good! Will explore more of his music after seeing that performance!!

    It was also sweet that Jimmy Fallon seemed to be going out of his way to be really nice and welcoming to him…

  9. GMB says

    HOT 97 in NYC — the WORLD’s most influential R&B / rap / hip-hop radio station — played a few of his tracks during their morning show today, and if that doesn’t stand for full fledged mainstream support, I don’t know what does.

    In the last few days, ChuckD (from Public Enemy) and Busta Rhymes have both made deeply supportive public statements. Black artists are circling the wagons here and protecting their own. it’s amazing.

    Also…the comments from black / latino teenagers on his official Facebook page are awe-inspiring. These kids are making a full-court-press to say that they respect and stand by him. When the occasional dimwit posts something anti-gay, twenty people pipe up to shoot him / her down and pledge their support.

    There’s a new moral center that’s operating within this universe: it’s a moral imperative that’s saying that it’s bolder, braver — and dare I say, more manly — to be honest and be yourself. A community that’s been disproportionately stung by HIV / AIDS, and has seen firsthand the after-effects of women who are hurt by cheating men on the DL, is coming to its own conclusion: it’s better to be yourself and to proudly stand up for who you are. They’re drawing inspiration from it, using it as a reason to hold their own heads up high.

    Simply put, we have NEVER seen straight people support a gay artist like this; even Adam Lambert’s audience was immediately limited to gay folks, teen girls and soccer moms. Whereas, Frank Ocean’s got young men — “street,” “hard,” “thug,” pick your cliched adjective — saying, “I got your back, Frank.” His OddFuture connections are resonating, too; they’re showing that Frank himself wants to assimiliate & create right alongside a group of people who aren’t just like him. It says that if Frank likes us, why shouldn’t we like him?

    I really can’t overstate how unique this is within LGBT subculture’s history.

  10. Gregoire says

    I’m not going to lie. I didn’t know much about him until he came out of the closet. I bought his album today on iTunes, and now I want to have his baby. May, in fact, be pregnant already from listening to such a sweet, sexy album.

  11. Caliban says

    Wow. That was unexpectedly powerful, both the song itself and that he chose to sing about unrequited love for a MAN in his 1st ever TV appearance.

    If it brings me to my knees
    It’s a bad religion

    That seems to have a far broader meaning than just a one-sided love affair, straight to churches which punish and marginalize gay people.

  12. endo says

    GMB, do you have a link to Chuck D’s comment?

    I’m a huge, huge admirer of Chuck D. He is one of the most influential people on my worldview given that I was in high school and developing my own way of thinking when PE was putting out albums. It was always a bit disappointing to later learn that some of his lyrics (primarily “Meet the G That Killed Me”) were homophobic. I’d love to know that his perspective on gay people has evolved.

  13. Brian in Texas says

    Wow. Had not heard of Frank Ocean before his coming out, but this is an artist I will definitely support and tell others about. He just blew me away!

  14. Brian in Texas says

    Wow. Had not heard of Frank Ocean before his coming out, but this is an artist I will definitely support and tell others about. He just blew me away!

  15. Kim says

    I can’t. imagine the impact of having a RNB hiphop sing never make him love me to teenage boys of all races but especially Black boys, on tv.Many of them have had crushes on male friends or classmates. Now they have a song they can relate to.It makes me tear eyed thinking about. It

  16. GMB says

    Endo — you can Google search for the headline, “Chuck D: ‘Ocean’s sexuality statement is no hip-hop first’ and you’ll find it. He commends Frank Ocean for coming out, but tries to make the distinction that he’s an R&B singer, not a true hip-hop artist.

    (That’s an entirely different argument, of course. I think Frank himself hopes to defy such genre limitations.)

    This quote, however, moves me: “My thing is that there are so many people who are fronting not to be themselves. The whole key is that whatever Frank Ocean said, at least he was being real with it. The next thing is to sing about it. Write songs about it. Don’t say ‘OK, this is who I am but I’m going to sing about something else’. That’s the challenge.”

    The hip hop & rap community has long identified as counter-culture, and I think that explains much of why they’re heralding Frank Ocean now. When ChuckD is exhorting Frank to go even *further* — by actually singing with explicit lyrics — they’re pushing their own boundaries of the art form. That’s invigorating and incredible.

  17. Linda says

    Beautiful performance! I’m so happy he picked that song to perform on Jimmy Fallon. It had me tears. I love the new album and plan on also buying a vinyl copy next week. I’m so happy he’s getting the recognition that he deserves because he’s a talented artist.

  18. Darrell says

    Since he has come out he will become iconic in regards to both his messages and music. This should top the charts as it is honest and inspiring to others.

  19. says

    Sun shades is a need in our life. Irrespective of driving a car or even going swimming,you can’t insufficient these people. High-quality [url=http://www.ptwholesalesunglasses.com/]oakley sunglasses cheap[/url] available for sale currently. About each of our low-cost oakley sun shades wall socket ,you can get artificial oakley sunglasses and reproduction oakley sunglasses, almost all oakley sun glasses discounted using very low price tag, approximately 85% Away.

Leave A Reply