March 21, 2014


Frank Ocean Did Not Actually Send That "Eff Off" Check to Chipotle

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Eamonn McCormack/Getty Images

UPDATE 3/21: According to Chipotle, the check they received from Frank Ocean did not actually contain the words "F--K OFF" in the memo line. Regardless, they have the money and the Great Ocean-Chipotle spat of 2014 is finally settled.

After Chipotle served Frank Ocean with a lawsuit for receiving payment for a commercial he didn't deliver, the R&B singer-songwriter posted a photo of the $212,500 he sent back to the burrito giant with the words "F--K OFF" in the subject line. So keep that in mind if you ever take him to lunch.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Chipotle's suit, filed early March in a Los Angeles Superior Court, states that the restaurant made a deal with Ocean to record a track called "Pure Imagination" (from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory) for a marketing campaign "to promote local and sustainably-sourced food, while warning of the dangers of industrial farming." 

The suit also states that Ocean was informed that Chipotle was funding the campaign, and that it was an advertisement for the restaurant. Ocean was paid $212,500 after signing the deal in July 2013, and would receive another payment after the song was completed.

Chipotle claims that Ocean backed out of the deal a month later. A week after, Ocean's legal team sent them a letter explaining Ocean's departure from the campaign: "When Frank was asked to participate in this project, Chipotle's representatives told him that the thrust of the campaign was to promote responsible farming. There was no Chipotle reference or logo in the initial presentation, and Chipotle told Frank that was an intentional element of the campaign. Frank was also promised that he'd have the right to approve the master and all advertising."

However, the restaurant chain says that those were not terms of the deal and is suing Ocean to retrieve the amount they have already paid him, along with undetermined damages.

Apple replaced Ocean in the campaign, and here’s her version of the song below.