Hip-Hop friendly soul crooner Frank Ocean is featured in GQ’s Men of the Year issue. In the informative Q&A, the Odd Future member discusses how he got in the game after driving to LA from New Orleans with about $1000 in his pocket and, of course, why he revealed that his first love was another man. Also, he ducks the “Do you consider yourself bis-xual?” question, sort of.
According to Ocean, having his heart broken at 19 in the aforementioned relationship was a boon for his songwriting. “It became effortless,” Ocean told GQ. “Like breathing. Because now I have something I really need to say. It was Mindf-ck.net. It was a floodgate. It opened up the works.”
Ocean’s proper debut, channel ORANGE, is surely a product of that creativity. But his big reveal left many wondering whether or not it was a ruse to sell records. But Ocean dismissed such talk, while boasting about his talents, telling GQ it was his “brilliant art” that sold records, period.
GQ: So do you consider yourself bisexual?
Frank Ocean: You can move to the next question. I’ll respectfully say that life is dynamic and comes along with dynamic experiences, and the same sentiment that I have towards genres of music, I have towards a lot of labels and boxes and shit. I’m in this business to be creative—I’ll even diminish it and say to be a content provider. One of the pieces of content that I’m for fuck sure not giving is porn videos. I’m not a centerfold. I’m not trying to sell you sex. People should pay attention to that in the letter: I didn’t need to label it for it to have impact. Because people realize everything that I say is so relatable, because when you’re talking about romantic love, both sides in all scenarios feel the same shit. As a writer, as a creator, I’m giving you my experiences. But just take what I give you. You ain’t got to pry beyond that. I’m giving you what I feel like you can feel. The other shit, you can’t feel. You can’t feel a box. You can’t feel a label. Don’t get caught up in that shit. There’s so much something in life. Don’t get caught up in the nothing. That shit is nothing, you know? It’s nothing. Vanish the fear.