Since revealing his first love was a man in a touching, poetic Tumblr post earlier this month, Frank Ocean has been mum on the subject—until now. The talented R&B upstart and Odd Future associate spoke with The Guardian about coming out, real-life pimps in his family and why he doesn't "fear anybody at all."
Frank Ocean's Fearless Approach to Coming Out
"Sure... somebody could commit a hate crime and hurt me. But they could do the same just because I'm black. They could do the same just because I'm American. Do you just not go outside your house?"
He Came Out to Help the Next Generation
"I suppose a percentage of that act was because of altruism. I was thinking of how I wished at 13 or 14 there was somebody I looked up to who would have said something like that, who would have been transparent in that way."
He Pointedly Chose Not to Make the Pronouns In His Love Songs Generic
"Yes, I could have easily changed the words. But for what? I just feel like it's just another time now…. When you write a song like 'Forrest Gump,' the subject can't be androgynous. It requires an unnecessary amount of effort. I don't fear anybody at all."
"Pyramids" Is Partially Based on Real-Life Experiences
"I have actual pimps in my family in L.A. ['Pyramids'] was fantasy built off that dynamic… but you can only write what you know to a point."
He Trusts His Art Will Outlive His Depression
"With my art, it's the one thing that I know will outlive me and outlive my feelings. It will outlive my depressive seasons."
Check out the full interview, and if you haven't already, you absolutely have to hear his debut album Channel Orange. It's a modern masterpiece! (You'll realize that's hardly an overstatement once you've listened to it a few times.) If you need a preview, you can check out album highlight "Sweet Life" now.