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Frank Ocean opens up on visual essay

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Frank Ocean is the cultural enigma that we need right now. Unafraid and willing to fight both the good and wrong fight, he lives and breathes expression.

His current visual essay that is making the rounds via Vice’s i-d channel is less about what is said and written and more about what is seen.

There is a saying that goes show them and don’t tell them.” Making the most of that platform, Ocean provides a decent look into how he thinks which is all anyone can ask for.

In the written portion, he runs a race that makes sense to him and makes multiple stops along the way to something that ends up surprisingly coherent.

“You can answer a lot of questions with “yes.” But you can answer many more with “no,” Ocean wrote.

“No is run-of-the-mill. Yes is a gem. Whenever I feel alone I watch live television, something about it being okay on their end makes it okay on mine. Onstage one in-ear is my mic feed and the other one is a Tim Ferriss podcast. I go long periods without talking but I raise my voice when the people on the phone are in loud places. I’ve never given my fans nicknames because the ones I think of are embarrassing. I’m world famous. I had peace in my twenties. Big Pharrell praying hands those weren’t mutually exclusive. If you want to make your 30s sound appealing just mention “sexual prime.” Re: the photos… as Karl Lagerfeld would say they “came to me in a dream.” Summer two thousand and seventeen. We leaned into it. Bananaberry-flavored candies at the bottom of the cup. I’ll never know why or what’s with campouts for Szechuan sauce at McDonalds. But I’m way into it. Issa Dreamworld. If you liked two thousand and seventeen then you’ll love two thousand and eighteen.”

– Frank Ocean

Stream: Frank Ocean ” Chanel”

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