Friday, July 1, 2011

Frank Ocean

I've been reading a lot about Frank Ocean this week. It started when I heard his song "Novacane" a week ago and kind of just felt compelled to read up on him. Sometimes artists strike you for whatever reason, you want to know more than just their music. When I heard that song, his style really struck me, I could tell that the guy had something interesting to him.... something more than a catchy hook.

If you're not familiar with Frank Ocean, you can read up a bit on his Wiki page HERE. Really interesting story, especially how his career was basically launched after a forced move to LA from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

I found his Tumblr page which I think is pretty awesome. If you use Tumblr, you know that they have a "ask me anything" section on the site and I saw this entry and thought it was very cool, and inspiring......

yff asked: Explain your current situation to your five-years-ago self.

wow. alrite. i’ll give it a shot…

hey chris,

your name is frank’s a long story. your girlfriend is about to break up with you because of the long distance. it’s ok. & that job you’re working..well, you’re gonna have to work there for another year and some months.. & then you’re gonna get fired. you’re gonna work a couple more jobs after that too. nothing glamorous. kinkos and at&t if you really want the specifics. but you’re never gonna be homeless or starving. don’t worry you won’t fail and have to move back to new orleans either. you are gonna get your heartbroken though. twice. if it helps, the first one is gonna be worse than the second. contrary to how it feels, it won’t kill you. in fact it’s gonna help you write an album. yea, you finally finished an album. people like it man. you’re actually gonna write and record hundreds of songs. they won’t all be good and most ppl won’t think you’re talented at first, but you’re going to master your gifts. you’re going to become a lot stronger and wiser..even a little taller. be patient. i mean, you kind of have no choice. and be good to people. i don’t wanna spoil too much for you, but.. you’re on a plane right now to the east coast to work with kanye west & jay-z. it’s all working out kid. you made it.

Hope I get to see this guy perform sometime soon, can't wait for his album. To Frank Ocean I say, thanks for the inspiration.

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