It may be two weeks since Frank Ocean‘s truth-baring letter sent shockwaves through the music industry, yet the the content therein (which saw the Odd Future star open up about his sexuality) continues to garner praise from his contemporaries. The latest being singer and actor Jamie Foxx.
Joining the likes of Beyonce, Busta Rhymes, Russell Simmons, and Ne-Yo, the ‘Dreamgirls’ star has offered his two cents on the story on the lips of everyone.
His interesting words after the jump…
Speaking to MTV, Foxx said:
“My sister hipped me to Frank Ocean, and I was just like, ‘Who is this dude?’ ” (Foxx said of how he first learned of the blossoming singer/songwriter. Foxx said he has been trying to get a recording session in with Ocean but has been unsuccessful. Still, he and his daughter and sister will go see the OF vocalist this week when he plays at the Wiltern in Los Angeles).
“When I heard that he came out, I thought, ‘Courageous, hooray for him’. It’s just the beginning. I have several friends who live in darkness and live in fear, and it’s just time.
Elton John did it. For Frank Ocean to do it and be hip-hop and black, he’s breaking ground, and kudos to him. At the end of the day, his music is for everybody. Now when I put his music on, I am trying to get at the ladies. Frank, you helping me out. (Jokingly) You done left more for me, Frank”.
Sans the somewhat unnecessary joke at the end…preach it, Jamie!
The true impact of Ocean’s letter will likely be seen with tomorrow’s generation of singers. Pending then, it’ll likely be a case of many male Urban artists living their “truth” through Ocean’s. “OK” given the commercial ramifications of back-peddling on their established “pin-up” gimmicks. Baby steps, I guess.