Hot Shots: Frank Ocean Poses It Up For ‘The New York Times’

Published: Thursday 7th Feb 2013 by David

While R&B is yet to spawn any new female artists that have taken the world by storm, the last few years have seen no shortage of male contributors take center stage.

Indeed, leading a pack made up of the Beyonce approved Miguel, Elijah Blake and Luke James comes Frank Ocean. A fact, the New York Times were keen to take advantage of when they joined forces with the star for a moving spread this month, some of which can be seen above and below.

Read the full piece here, and be sure to look out for Frank on this Sunday’s 55th Annual Grammy Awards, live on CBS.

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  1. QQ February 7, 2013

    NO NEED TO WORRY; I got you …boo : I’m going to buy your CD…

  2. JUELZ February 7, 2013

    There is something HIGHLY PRETENTIOUSE about this man.

    Why does her continuously feel the need to over-emphasise and exxagurate his “I AM DIFFERENT” act?

    Talented? Yes. Irritatingly Boring and False? DEFINITELY.


    • JOHNVIDAL February 7, 2013

      But talent is what counts, isn´t it?

      • JUELZ February 7, 2013

        …Very true. However, many artists in the past have been widely recognized for their ‘talent’ but failed to resonate with the public, especially on a consistent level.

        Which is why, personally, I feel that Frank’s success, if one may call it that, is more representational of ‘one hit wonder’ status.

        His music is highly charismatic, but he lacks personality and appeal on an overall basis.

        I.E: Susan Boyle?

    • Eye Candy February 7, 2013

      Because he is different. If this was some talentless fool I don’t think people would be complaining as much.

    • mob: django unchained February 7, 2013

      I don’t see or hear the talent!

      Frank Ocean = Lana Del Rey to me.

      Both are smoke and mirrors!

      • Common Sense February 7, 2013

        Lana Del Rey bought her career Frank Ocean worked for it. Try again.

      • boopboop February 7, 2013

        @mob – get OUTTA my head! i think of frank as the black male lana del rey too! to me their both boring and overhyped!

      • Eye Candy February 7, 2013

        Lana Del Rey has sold over 3 million CD’s with “Born To Die” with no huge hits.
        Where is “Fortune”? Still sitting at the 500,000 mark?

    • Common Sense February 7, 2013

      You probably just don’t like him. He comes across as an artsy musician to me, but not pretentious like Kanye West.

  3. My Forehead Tho February 7, 2013

    You better rock them b*** pads gurrrl !!

    But Luke James is the most talented amongst the group of nominees, he deserves to win

    • lol February 7, 2013

      Luke James is boring he has a nice falsetto but his music is bor-ring

  4. Kouture February 7, 2013

    I wouldn’t call this guy overrated, but he is definitely overhyped. His cd isn’t that great, sorry. But I’m happy that an R&B act is getting mainstream shine. Gay agenda and all.

    • mob: django unchained February 7, 2013

      But he said he was not INTERESTED in being declared a R&B artist! Funny how he is so willing to accept such an “inferior role”. LOL anything for publicity

      • lol February 7, 2013

        Funny you say that , he covered the New York Times being heralded as the “Self Made Prince of Pop” … you can pick your jaw up now 😉

      • CHUDDS February 7, 2013

        But Frank isn’t a pop artist…. -_- He is more so indie R&B/alternative R&B whatever you wanna call it. But his music is very R&Bish…just not the kind we’re used to.

  5. NEW KID IN HERE February 7, 2013

    Lol no dear that’s the wrong article!!.. You meant to pose up for a tell all in GLAMOUR,ELLE,COSMO ect… didn’t Riri email the draft!! Don’t worry I’ll tweet her and tell not to forget to give you ophra’s contacts! Lol joking!!

    #sd sam you are a mess, why do I have “Shawn242” email adress and user name on my coment page…aaag Mrs that’s not cool!! Privicy much!!

    • lol February 7, 2013

      your attempt at shed was a flop

      • lol February 7, 2013


  6. mob: django unchained February 7, 2013

    YAWN, this little nothing is just a weak publicity w****! NEXT

    • lol February 7, 2013

      NOOOOoo!!! Your ur wanna be Tupac -Michael Jackson poser is an attention w**** …be a good dear and remind him not to drop the soap when that probation gets revoked 😉

      • boopboop February 7, 2013

        “be a good dear and remind him not to drop the soap…”

        frank look like he did exactly that in the 3rd pic!

  7. mob: django unchained February 7, 2013

    @sam YOU NEED TO FIX YOUR SITE! This new formate simply isn’t working. The black background in the comment section makes it difficult to read.

    **smh new and improve isn’t always the best

  8. lol February 7, 2013

    Bow to the Self Made Prince of Pop!!!

  9. CzarM February 7, 2013


  10. ENOUGH ONIKA (0 GRAMMY NOMS…) February 7, 2013

    I’m not feeling his hobo look. He really irks me. He gives off this false since of entitlement/arrogance…

  11. MUSICHEAD February 7, 2013

    It’s very surprising that someone with very little vocal ability is given so much hype and attention from the media.

    The man’s true talent is behind the scenes (writing and producing). I get that he is trying to be different but when did quality of music become less important than image and enigma. All of his bandwagon fans will be nowhere to be found 2 years from now once the “I’m gay” hype has died down.

    • CandyCoatedPain February 7, 2013

      IA. Personally I don’t think Frank’s music or his personality is compelling enough to sustain the attention he’s getting now for coming out. I’ll be very surprised if people are still talking about him around this time next year.

  12. CHUDDS February 7, 2013

    Lyrically, Frank is awesome. His delivery is just…..dull. I think I would’ve enjoyed CO more if someone else sang the tracks….Good luck to him @ the Grammys on Sunday.

  13. ƸӜƷ MC ƸӜƷ February 7, 2013

    Wtf is up with this site? The black background thing? I thought it was just my laptop. I like the regulating comments thing because so many offensive things have been said on this site that shouldn’t be said. You should make a restriction of one account per IP as well because some people be making 20 accounts.

    Same ol’ same ol’ from Frank, its easier to see the pretentious, fake, and annoying side f one person when you don’t like them than it is when you like them.

    • ƸӜƷ MC ƸӜƷ February 7, 2013

      What happened to my avi?

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  15. JER February 8, 2013

    Not here for him. He and his team have cunningly used the internet and social media to market his sexuality to garner attention to his album. Otherwise, his mediocre album would be lost among all the other great male R&B singers. His VMA performance was a mess and he offers little to nothing to a genre hanging by a few wig hairs. I see the same GORLS jumping on the bandwagon his team had prayers and incense counting on. SMH. Even Chris Brown’s UnFortune and Usher’s Looking 4 More Sales had better songs than Frank Ocean’s. But hey there’s always gotta be someone that’s overrated, how else will the Llama del Taco’s and Jessie J’s of the world survive? ch…

  16. oops February 8, 2013

    “self made” is correct no one else is calling him prince of pop…. People are grasping at straws for this young man… nice writing skill but he is no near Maxwell. When do u call pop prince with no #1 singles and less air play on the radio or platinum album sales….. Oh that right “self Made”… We get NY times. (wink) . Good luck… I hope he gets at least one Grammy because heaven forbid if he goes home with none…. We will definitely see another Controversy/Temper Tantrum on social media.

  17. Follow me @royalking101 February 8, 2013

    miss fraka is a power bottom…

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