Frank Ocean is the master of elusiveness. Like the alternative rock group Tool, the enigmatic singer is as unpredictable as they come. Last year, he dropped not one, but two albums a day after each other, intentionally skipped the Grammys, released a zine, live streamed himself building a staircase, and gave his first interview in three years at the White House for a 90-second chat — all just because.
So last night (February 13), when a video surfaced online of Ocean discussing the inspiration and creative process behind his 2016 album Blonde, it came as no surprise. As with all of his moves, we should always expect the unexpected with Frank. In the mentioned video, which popped up via a since deleted video by @TeamFrankDaily, Ocean discusses not shying away “from expectations” that come with his music.
“I really try to use it as fuel because people have a positive association of what I do and what I make and they expect something that’s good,” he continues. “So, okay, how do you convert that into, I don’t know, just a better moment, a better song, a better album, a better presentation?” He also hits on the thought process for the LP, stating, “There’s no fantasy on this record.”
“It’s all, for better or for worse, autobiographical. Finally getting the album out to the public was a relief,” he explained. “You do feel like you’ve defeated something,” he said.
The clip has since been taken down on both YouTube and Twitter. In related Ocean news, the singer recently called out the Grammys in a Tumblr post.
Ocean most recently issued public comments last week, calling out producer Ken Ehrlich and writer David Wild that his criticism of the Grammys is based on his infamous 2013 performance. “We executed his vision knowing that it was faulty,” Ehrlich stated on the Rolling Stone Music Now podcast. “And we tried to tell him that, we tried to tell his management that, we tried to tell the record label that. So, his feelings about the Grammys right now, I would imagine, probably go back to that in one way. But honestly, it wasn’t us.”
In response, Ocean clapped back and called out the show for giving Taylor Swift’s 1989 the Album of the Year award in 2016 over Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly. “1989 getting album of the year over To Pimp A Butterfly,” Ocean said on Tumblr. “Hands down one of the most ‘faulty’ TV moments I’ve seen.”
YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE
Below, our gift guide highlights some of our favorite Walmart finds for anyone in need of a home refresh.
“REVOLT Black News” correspondent Kennedy Rue counts down the top five moments from the 2023 Billboard Music Awards, including surprising wins, historic firsts, and dope performances. Sponsored by Amazon.
In this new episode of ‘Bet on Black,’ food and beverage take center stage as aspiring Black entrepreneurs from It’s Seasoned, Black Farmer Box, and Moors Brewing Co. present their business ideas to judges with mentorship from Melissa Butler. Watch here!
On Oct. 10, Walmart unveiled a brand new, state of the art creative studio on the campus of Central State University.
The Walmart HBCU Black & Unlimited Tour made its final stop at Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU) and left a lasting impact on students and alumni alike.
After unveiling their state of the art creative studio on the campus of Central State University, Walmart brought the HBCU Black & Unlimited Tour to Virginia State University (VSU) on Oct. 13.
Walmart HBCU Black & Unlimited Tour brings attention and wisdom to North Carolina Central University
On Oct. 17, Walmart brought the third stop of the HBCU Black & Unlimited Tour to North Carolina Central University (NCCU).
In October, Walmart unveiled a brand new, state of the art creative studio on the campus of Central State University. The HBCU located in Wilberforce, OH was the first stop on Walmart’s Black and Unlimited HBCU Tour.
REVOLT is continuing its impactful partnership with Walmart by teaming up to showcase Black creatives at HBCUs all-across America. The panel consisted of three experienced, accomplished Black HBCU alumni: Actor and media personality Terrence J, entertainment attorney John T. Rose, and actress and “REVOLT Black News” correspondent Kennedy-Rue McCullough.
The health of a community can often be traced to the health of the environment that surrounds it. In Atlanta, a woman named Dr. Jaqueline Echols has dedicated her life to helping ensure that people in economically underserved communities have clean rivers – for better health and for the joy of outdoor recreational space.
Take a look inside the Makers Studio presented by Walmart at REVOLT WORLD, a space where Black creators could hone in on their brand and see it come to life.
On this all-new episode of “On In 5,” multitalented Nigerian artist Pheelz opens up about waiting for his opportunity to fully express himself through music, his inspirations and emotions, and the musical icons he grew up admiring. Watch!
Fly Guy DC taps in with REVOLT WORLD attendees to learn what the Opportunity Center, presented by Walmart, means to them and their futures.
Tiffany Haddish on therapy, wild fan interactions & the upcoming 'Haunted Mansion' movie | 'The Jason Lee Show'
On this all-new episode of “The Jason Lee Show,” the one and only Tiffany Haddish sits for a must-watch conversation about wild interactions with fans, her new movie ‘Haunted Mansion,’ bringing her therapist on dates, and being present. Watch the hilarious interview here.
Kareem Cook talks growing up in The Bronx, studying at Duke & networking | 'The Blackprint with Detavio Samuels'
On this all-new episode of “The Blackprint with Detavio Samuels,” the host and REVOLT CEO sits down with Kareem Cook. Throughout the introspective episode, Cook talks growing up in The Bronx, studying at Duke and being nervous to be in the South at the time, network vs. education, taking advantage of your opportunities, and connecting with Debbie Allen. Watch!
In this exclusive interview, DDG opens up about his fashion inspiration, what drew him to girlfriend Halle Bailey, dealing with negative opinions about his relationship, and more. Read up!
For this all-new episode of “On In 5,” singer-songwriter BNXN discusses his journey from IT to music, finding his voice and originality, linking up with Wizkid for their hits “Mood” and “Many Ways,” and what fans can expect from him this year — including a new album. Watch the full episode here!