Song Of The Day: Frank Ocean - Bad Religion
It’s his first public appearance since his coming out.
Frank Ocean Praised For Coming Out As Bisexual Through His Music
Pink News UK reports:
Musician Frank Ocean has revealed his first love was with another man when he was 19, receiving praise from those in the music industry for coming out while beginning to forge a successful career as a hip-hop artist.
Originally intended for the cover notes of an upcoming album, Ocean pre-empted the release by writing about the experience on his Tumblr page, confirming rumours he said had been circling about his sexual orientation.
Ocean, 24, is known for the hits Novacane and Swim Good and is due to release the debut album this month.
He wrote: “4 summers ago, I met somebody. I was 19 years old. He was too. We spent that summer, and the summer after, together. Everyday almost. And on the days we were together, time would glide. Most of the day I’d see him, and his smile. I’d hear his conversation and his silence … until it was time to sleep. Sleep I would often share with him. By the time I realized I was in love, it was malignant. It was hopeless. There was no escaping. No negotiating with the feeling. No choice. It was my first love. It changed my life.”
He added: “I sat there and told my friend how I felt. I wept as the words left my mouth. I grieved for them, knowing I could never take them back for myself. He patted my back. He said kind things. He did his best, but he wouldn’t admit the same. He had to go back inside soon. It was late and his girlfriend was waiting for him upstairs.
“He wouldn’t tell me the truth about his feelings for me for another 3 years. I felt like I’d only imagined reciprocity for years. Now imagine being thrown from a cliff. No, I wasn’t on a cliff, I was still in my car telling myself it was gonna be fine and to take deep breaths. I took the breaths and carried on. I kept up a peculiar friendship with him because I couldn’t imagine keeping up my life without him. I struggled to master myself and my emotions. I wasn’t always successful.”
Thanking those people who he says “kept him alive” after telling them his story, he writes: “To my first love. I’m grateful for you. Grateful that even though it wasn’t what I hoped for and even though it was never enough, it was.”
Russell Simmons wrote for Global Grind: “Today is a big day for hip-hop. It is a day that will define who we really are. How compassionate will we be? How loving can we be? How inclusive are we? […] Your decision to go public about your sexual orientation gives hope and light to so many young people still living in fear.”
Tyler, the Creator, a band-made of Ocean’s in Odd Future, wrote on Twitter: “My Big Brother Finally Fuckking Did That. Proud Of That N***a Cause I Know That Shit Is Difficult Or Whatever. Anyway. Im A Toilet.”
Jake Shears of the Scissor Sisters said: “Go on Frank Ocean”, while Pete Wentz suggested his fans “be brave and real like Frank Ocean”.
Tyler The Creator, the leader of Odd Future (collective of which Ocean is part of), who’s been criticized for virulently anti-gay lyrics, has tweeted about this, in his very special touchy way:
My Big Brother Finally Fucking Did That. Proud Of That Nigga Cause I Know That Shit Is Difficult Or Whatever. Anyway. Im A Toilet.— Tyler, The Creator (@fucktyler) July 4, 2012
Hip Hop Star Azealia Comes Out As Bisexual
She Wired reports:
She’s cute and young and can hold her own among her fellow rappers, but the Harlem-based hip hop star Azealia Banks just got a lot more popular with the girls. Banks came out as bisexual in the New York Times today, telling the paper, “I’m not trying to be, like, the bisexual, lesbian rapper. I don’t live on other people’s terms… I’ve been out for three years, I’ve been around.”
Labels or not, Banks hinted at her love of vag in her pulsating maxi hit, 212, the video of which has gotten something like three million views on YouTube. One lyric: “She know where I get mine from, end of season / Now she wanna lick my plum in the evening / And fit that ton-tongue d-deep in /I guess that cunt getting eaten.” The last line, in which Banks — like queer author Inga Musico before her — reclaims the C word, is repeated at least five times, in case listeners missed it.
The Times reports that Banks is also one of only five people that Kanye West follows on Twitter, but it’s not just the world of hip hop who are taking Banks seriously. According to John Ortved, Gwyneth Paltrow is “obsessed” with her, as are a handful of fashionistas like gay designer Nicola Formichetti who styled her for Elle Magazine.
Even better? Universal Music heard the buzz and inked Banks first real record deal for an album due out this spring.