3:17 am - 09/12/2012

Frankie Boo on The Advocate


“It was sheer joy because he was the first national well-known artist to come out and announce his sexuality,” says Lloyd Thurston “Gyant” Dinwiddie, referring to Ocean as the first black artist to come out to a hip-hop audience. “Frank Ocean is cemented in music history forever. Anyone who has walked in the LGBT shoes knows that story. His message related to people, and for him it was a weight lifted off his shoulder.”
July 4, 2012, marked a declaration of freedom for 24-year-old R&B soul singer Ocean. It was his coming-out party, and we’d all been invited to the virtual parade. His image, that of a serious-looking, handsome young man with a strong jaw line, a short beard, and a short fade haircut, was circulating along with his letter. Those who hadn’t previously heard of Ocean quickly learned that his announcement was significant, and especially significant to watchers of hip-hop. But it wasn’t a shock to everyone.
“I was like, What’s the big deal? It’s not like we all don’t know homosexuality exists and has its place in hip-hop,” says Reggie Osse, entertainment attorney, author, former TV executive, and host of The Combat Jack Show. Osse has represented artists including Damon Dash, Missy Elliott, Timbaland, Puffy, and DMX. He was instrumental in helping Jay-Z secure his first recording deal.
“I was really happy that Frank Ocean took his life and career into his own hands and made his proclamation,” says Osse. “It’s the first announcement of someone making a statement willingly. But let’s not act like this doesn’t exist.”
Before long music celebrities including Russell Simmons, Solange Knowles, 50 Cent, Jay-Z, and Beyoncé began tweeting and posting messages of support for Ocean. Even Odd Future member Tyler the Creator, who’s well-known for his use of the word “fa**ot,” tweeted how proud he was of his brother and friend. It seemed as if the hip-hop industry, which has notoriously been a closed boys’ club that shuns and ostracizes gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people, had experienced a change of heart. Hadn’t Jay-Z, a towering figure in hip-hop, just recently announced his support of marriage equality, following a message of support by President Obama? Jay-Z had seemingly just given Ocean a pass and ushered him into the boys’ club. And not from afar: Ocean had written and performed on Jay-Z and Kanye West’s hip-hop album Watch the Throne.

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igot99problems 12th-Sep-2012 07:47 am (UTC)
quidscipio 12th-Sep-2012 07:53 am (UTC)
i want his voice to narrate my dreams mmmmm
emmy0001 12th-Sep-2012 07:56 am (UTC)
love him so much. can't stop listening to "american wedding" lately.
ladywilde80 12th-Sep-2012 08:06 am (UTC)
I really love this guy. I've been listening to 'Thinking About You' and 'Swim Good' on repeat for days now.
paramoreiscool 12th-Sep-2012 08:07 am (UTC)
For some reason I thought he just said he fell in love with a man before, but that he wasn't gay or straight. Is he bi then? I'm a little slow these days...
monaes 12th-Sep-2012 08:10 am (UTC)
could be or his sexuality may be fluid
ohkimosabe 12th-Sep-2012 09:10 am (UTC)
i think he's bi. he has a gf right now i believe.
the_wolski 12th-Sep-2012 09:28 am (UTC)

that's sorta weird that he's getting all this praise and attn for being "gay" when he has a girlfriend rn, i wonder how that's effecting their relationship lol
warsawed 12th-Sep-2012 01:12 pm (UTC)
I heard he's dating a guy tho lol. I heard the name but I can't remember it now
empirebird 12th-Sep-2012 03:56 pm (UTC)
"im high and im bi" = lyric.
luminaris 12th-Sep-2012 08:11 am (UTC)
I love his music, best performance at the VMAs imho
oceanhue 12th-Sep-2012 08:56 am (UTC)
I love him, but it was awful.
oceanhue 12th-Sep-2012 08:56 am (UTC)
His skin in this pic
ohkimosabe 12th-Sep-2012 09:09 am (UTC)
i saw some people on twitter bringing up the fact kanye didn't say anything about frank but he did say this in 2005 http://www.usatoday.com/life/people/2005-08-18-kanye-west_x.htm
blacklicorice99 12th-Sep-2012 09:23 am (UTC)
I remember reading the writer of this piece's memoir "Hiding in Hip Hop" so hard. It has so many blind items I could never figure out
misoras 12th-Sep-2012 10:25 am (UTC)
ya. i should read the article to see if he was commissioned to write about him.
9and14 16th-Sep-2012 06:29 am (UTC)
Yeah, I could barely keep up with the monikers in that book. It was interesting though, and very sad.
chismosa 12th-Sep-2012 09:45 am (UTC)
I have a question.

I've been livingout of the States for a while, so I don't exactly keep up with 'Murrican music anymore BUT I have heard some Frank Ocean, recorded and live, and I honestly think he's awful. Was he actually popular before he came out of the closet? Or did he become popular after the fact...?
lolli_leigh 12th-Sep-2012 11:35 am (UTC)
ive never actually heard his music, but yes, he was already popular.
x_butterfly19_x 12th-Sep-2012 12:40 pm (UTC)
People really liked the Nostalgia, Ultra mixtape and that was before all this
warsawed 12th-Sep-2012 01:14 pm (UTC)
His mixtape last year had a ton of buzz. He was on Watch the Throne with Jay Z and Kanye and wrote some stuff for Beyonce. So yeah, he was on his way up before this.
colorzplosion 12th-Sep-2012 01:56 pm (UTC)
SMH @ your taste. he had a very popular mixtape + he got a lot of attention for his contributions on watch the throne
bollyhood 12th-Sep-2012 02:35 pm (UTC)
He's so bad on NCITW. His voice is like nails on a chalkboard.h
chantemarissa 12th-Sep-2012 02:50 pm (UTC)
His voice is hit or miss half the time. He has pretty decent/good lyrics but the vocal performance at times is NAGL bruh. He had ~buzz~ from his mixtape.
empirebird 12th-Sep-2012 04:02 pm (UTC)
His album and mixtape are amazing. And where the fuck are you living, even? I grew up outside of American and grew up music from America and all over the world for that matter. I didn't know music didn't cross boarders that in order to keep up with it you have to live in the same country RME. Also your taste just sucks.
grapefruitzzz 12th-Sep-2012 09:46 am (UTC)
Bless him.

Although it seems that I'm now getting about 80% of all my new artist recs from Kanye guest performances.
empirebird 12th-Sep-2012 04:03 pm (UTC)
rofl gpoy
lusushi 12th-Sep-2012 09:51 am (UTC)
I love him so much. I just bought this shirt on Etsy:

and this necklace to go with it (the other 2 are my sister's)

I neeeeeeeed him to tour in the UK soon

Edited at 2012-09-12 09:52 am (UTC)
rose_of_love 12th-Sep-2012 11:40 am (UTC)
devetu 12th-Sep-2012 02:26 pm (UTC)
liferekindled 12th-Sep-2012 03:18 pm (UTC)
omg i want
deja_vu822 12th-Sep-2012 04:42 pm (UTC)
omg neeeed that shirt
damagedkingdom 12th-Sep-2012 08:20 pm (UTC)

Can you link it?
lusushi 12th-Sep-2012 08:25 pm (UTC)
it was the only one I'm afraid! She might make more though http://www.etsy.com/shop/WeAreYoungShop?ref=seller_info
jeugd1 12th-Sep-2012 09:57 am (UTC)
overrated and untalented....next
solid_girl 12th-Sep-2012 11:03 am (UTC)
Whenever people talk say this about artists I like I accept it but secretly I want them to tell me what they like so I can say the same thing. I'm very petty that way.
eccentricvibe 12th-Sep-2012 11:36 am (UTC)
lol same
drypumpernickel 12th-Sep-2012 01:31 pm (UTC)
LOL yes. And then I'm so disappointed when I find out they like the same things I like. I am ridiculously petty.
warsawed 12th-Sep-2012 01:15 pm (UTC)
lol flop comment
bollyhood 12th-Sep-2012 02:38 pm (UTC)
empirebird 12th-Sep-2012 04:03 pm (UTC)
Says the nobody.
ichdontthinksoo 12th-Sep-2012 09:59 am (UTC)
I really like his face. He strikes me as someone I could either get seriously drunk with or just sit down and have a deep conversation while drinking a caramel machiatto.
misoras 12th-Sep-2012 10:24 am (UTC)
that advocate got terrance dean to write about him
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