Rough Tides, Beautiful Ocean
In a culture where misogyny and homophobia run rampant, it takes a brave soul to step out from the clichés of hip hop ethos and let his actions do what so many of his cohorts claim they do. That’s keeping it real. Frank Ocean’s major label debut, channel ORANGE, is released on the heels of a media firestorm over the controversy of his public announcement of his bisexuality. In other cases, this could foreshadow the commercial failure of an album, but when the person in question is a member of the already controversial group, Odd Future, and has previously sunk his teeth into the industry by ghostwriting hits for the likes of Justin Bieber, Brandy and John Legend, it just adds to the intrigue. Read more…
Following rumors that Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All member Frank Ocean’s upcoming album Channel Orange had lyrics that hinted at him being a bisexual, the artist has just posted a detailed and personal statement on his Tumblr that appears to indicate as much is true, and that he is either gay or bisexual. According to Ocean, the words were supposed to appear in the liner notes for Channel Orange. Here they appear as a screen captured image of the text typed in a Mac TextEdit program. The text indicates that it was written on a plane while Ocean was on a plane coming back to Los Angeles from New Orleans.
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Odd Future fans who reveled in the collective’s overtly explicit lyrics might want to reevaluate their expectations for the new Tyler the Creator album. Wolf is set to be released in May 2012, but the rapper who made a name for himself by glorifying the obscene and the violent has commented that he will be swaying away from that lyrical direction on the new release.
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