I Love Frank Ocean, or, One Big Ad for Spotify, Apparently.

22 Oct

Posted by: Alex

Friends, if you asked me who Frank Ocean was six months ago, here’s what I would have said: “Frank Ocean is that rapper who I think is bisexual and may or may not have had an affair with Kanye West? Or something like that?” Those would have been my exact words because I had zero idea who he was. All I knew was that everyone made the biggest deal out of him admitting to his bisexuality, which I wasn’t that impressed with. I could be attracted to both men and women, too, I wanted to shout from the rooftops! Pay attention to me!

But then I did some research and figured out who he is and I finally understood all of the excitement. In all seriousness, being a young, African American hip hop artist that is willing to come out at any point, let alone this early in his career, is admirable, inspirational, and truly groundbreaking. Not only that, but I’ve come to realize that Frank Ocean is more than a bisexual celebrity – he is ridiculously talented, too! I first heard Lost on The Current (a local radio station) and was obsessed. When I got to my office, I immediately started up Spotify, but instead of just playing something smart, indie, and unique like I usually do (READ: the newest Selena Gomez album and/or We Found Love by Rihanna on repeat), I starred* Channel Orange, Frank Ocean’s first studio album, and listened to it over and over. You should do the same. Here’s a taste of some of my favorites to get you started:

This is Lost, the first single I heard off of the album. Be careful because it is catchy. Don’t blame me when you can’t get it out of your head.

Frank Ocean was the first musical guest on this season of Saturday Night Live. He performed his hit, Thinkin Bout You, the same way he did on the MTV Video Awards: slowed down and with very little back-up from his band (which, if you look closely, you’ll notice includes John Mayer. I think I said 200 times, “wait, is that John Mayer? No. It can’t be. Wait, I think that’s John Mayer. No. Wait, yes!” It went like this for 3 minutes). If I could hit falsetto notes like that, you bet your sweet bippy I’d be a singer/songwriter. Well played, Franky boy. Click here to watch Frank perform another single off the album, Pyramids, on SNL.

So, now go to Spotify and listen to the album in its entirety or, even better, download it on iTunes. One step further? Go to your local record store and buy the cassette tape.

I feel like if I met Frank Ocean I would also offer him corn and look equally excited about it.

*I’m aware that “starring” an album on Spotify is an annoying way to listen to music, but to be fair, I have spent one million dollars on cd’s in my life. And I just sold most of them to a store for about $5, so I’m over it. Also, I pay Spotify for a monthly membership, so I’m kind of giving back. Let me just enjoy this brief moment in time that I am up on current technologies.

By the way, if you want Frank Ocean to be able to marry a  nice Minnesota boy some day, go here to donate!

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