Frank Ocean Covers W / Spills On New Music, Being Indie, & Addresses The Controversial Release Of Previous Projects

Published: Monday 30th Sep 2019 by Sam

Reclusive crooner Frank Ocean makes a colorful splash in the latest issue of W Magazine. 

It’s been three years since the singer-songwriter released bodies of work – and even still the controversial roll-out of ‘Endless’ and ‘Blonde’ (which arrived a day later) remains an industry hot topic.

For, unbeknownst to most, Ocean used one to fulfil his major label contract and (arguably) seized that buzz to drop his premiere the other. His first independent project.

Hailed as a masterstroke move by some, others wondered if there would be ramifications.

As for Ocean himself? He’s simply swimming on with his career plans – which include the release of new material.

In his accompanying interview feature, he dishes on his upcoming music and reflects on his headspace and rationale for the double-album move…

On Working On Both ‘Endless’ And ‘Blonde’ Without Telling Anyone:

When I worked on my first project, Nostalgia, Ultra, I hardly told anyone. Even people I was working with at the time didn’t know about it. There’s something that happens when you say what you’re doing before it’s done, and most of it is not positive. You’re accountable for that version that you talk about, when it very well may undergo change. It’s usually better for me to make what I make, put it out or don’t, and then talk about it freely. And so I’ve done that from the beginning.

[Dropping them as I did was] For effect. Yeah.

On The Ideas He’s Exploring In His New Music?

I believed for a very long time that there was strength in vulnerability, and I really don’t believe that anymore. “Strength” and “vulnerability” sound opposite as words. And so to combine them sounds wise, but I don’t know if it is wise. It’s just this realization that hit me: “Oh, right, it’s a choice whether you will be truthful or a liar.” If I start to tell a story and then I decide not to tell the story anymore, I can stop. It’s my story. The expectation for artists to be vulnerable and truthful is a lot, you know?—when it’s no longer a choice. Like, in order for me to satisfy expectations, there needs to be an outpouring of my heart or my experiences in a very truthful, vulnerable way. I’m more interested in lies than that. Like, give me a full motion-picture fantasy.

On Being An Independent Artist:

“I’ve been independent since 2016. So I plan on keeping it that way for a while. I’ve got amazing credit, so if I need a loan, I’ll go to a bank. [Laughs]”

Excited for new Frank?

Your thoughts?

[Photo Credit: W Magazine / Tim Walker]

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  1. Clarkson September 30, 2019

    Meh. We dont care about u

    We have lil nas x who is open about being gay, talks about being gay and also releases good chart topping bops. Lil nas has a number 1, Frank u don’t.

    Frank has never ever said he is gay, he dropped hints here and there. Always acting coy about his sexuality
    He used being gay to sell his album
    His music is unlistenable.
    I deleted the entire blonde album after on listening. Boy bye

    • Lucky you September 30, 2019

      lol as if the world was the same when Frank released his music. You unintelligent gays are something else.

    • Lanafan1 September 30, 2019

      Uhm, please stop speaking for anyone but yourself. Thanks!

    • Swirly September 30, 2019

      The difference is; Frank Ocean is an actual artist. His reclusiveness allows his talent to overshadow his sexuality. Lil Nas X’s novelty is gonna wear off soon, no matter how “likeable” he is. For now, he has nothing to offer besides OTR and his sexuality.

      Sorry, NOT sorry.

      • Clarkson September 30, 2019

        “The difference is; Frank Ocean is an actual artist. His reclusiveness allows his talent to overshadow his sexuality”

        That’s what he wants u to believe.

        Frank ocean acts like he is deep or intelligent or intellectual but he is not. He is dumb and shallow.

        He is reclusive cause he is boring as hell. Nothing interesting about him, Same thing with beyonce, she doesn’t do interviews cause she’s dumb.
        Go watch her old interviews, u can tell this woman is not bright, she has a limited vocabulary. Rihanna doesnt hide or act deep or woke, Rihanna is herself and she bright and intelligent.

        Let me guess ur the type who thinks they are deep and superior to others. Lol

        Frank’s music is wack but he disguises it as deep and high art, and the deep crowd like urself eat it up. Some of dont even like Frank ocean songs but u have to force ur selves to like Frank ocean just to appear cool to others.

        Lil nas is not a novelty. Him coming out at the height of old town road success is so inspiring to young black gay guys. What has Frank ocean done for black gays apart from dating white boys and playing coy with his sexuality?

  2. And I … Oop! September 30, 2019

    Can’t wait for his new project. His lyrics alone will sit most of your favorites. Not up for debate. ??‍♂️

  3. IG : mixedboy September 30, 2019

    I’m anxiously waiting. ?

  4. The Real Princess Jasmine September 30, 2019

    His teeth ? are horrible and he has no sense in Fashion. Also he needs some chap stick for those dry ass lips ? looks like a crack head I’ll still let him phuck me raw like the gay bottom slluutt I am

  5. King Khia September 30, 2019

    Though he said a whole lot of nothing, I am looking forward to his new music.

  6. MessyBoots September 30, 2019

    Whew the Chile the ghetto!!!!! That Clarkson person is unhinged af. TGJ, you must do something quick because opening up every article to read the hateful rantings of a mad person is NOT ok.

    Anyway, Frank Ocean is an amazingly talented songwriter. He doesnt make music for Top 40 and either you rock with him or you don’t. On another note, Frank I see you.. pointing at that bulge and holding that p I p e in the other. ??

    • Clarkson September 30, 2019

      I have so much power over u guys and u hate it so much. Lol

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