Frank Ocean sat down for an interview with Dazed to discuss his views on a number of varying topics. The questions were asked by his fellow peers within the entertainment and music space, which included Rosalía, John Waters, Arca, JPEGMAFIA, Big Freedia, Billy Porter, Janet Mock, Rex Orange County, and more. Nile Rodgers asked whether fans will get their hands on the long-overdue vinyl release of Channel Orange. It’s coming “ASAP,” Frank answered.

The most interesting question was from JPEGMAFIA, who asked Ocean how it felt to split from Def Jam by fulfilling his contract requirement with Endless then immediately dropping Blonde seconds after.

“How did it feel fucking over a label like that,” he asked. “Old white n***as do that to us all the time, but how did it feel giving them a taste of their own elixir? And what did you build in the video for Endless? Can I live in it?” Frank replied:

Eyy, Peggy! You know, it’s funny talking about it these days because I couldn’t really tell anybody anything for a couple of years. Couldn’t tell anyone at the label, obviously. But I also couldn’t talk with anyone at Apple because the industry is too small and it would’ve gotten back to the label for sure. So I kept it to myself and a few in my circle.

I carried my hard drives around with me when I traveled because I used to not store anything online. Those drives became a physical representation of the stakes. If the files had leaked, everything would have worked out very differently for me. When August came around and both projects were uploaded I felt the euphoria, yeah, but mostly I just needed to sleep. I probably slept something like 15 hours. To answer your second question, I built a 12-foot staircase with my fucking bare hands some days before! It’s in my storage, you want it??

Towards the end of the piece, Raymond Buck asked “what’s left” to achieve, which Ocean replied, “building a family.” Frank Ocean also discusses triangle versus pulse waves, freezing cold showers, Nymphomaniac, and a ton more.

Read the full article at Dazed.


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