Frank Ocean Talks New Music, His Verses On ‘Raf’, Growing Up In New Orleans & More

The wait for new Frank Ocean music is still ongoing with the artist’s last project coming more than three years ago. The wait between channel ORANGE and Blonde was four years, so fans are still remaining patient.

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It might not be new music, but every once in a while, something new revolving around Frank drops and it gets the excitement back up again. The other day it was his foreword for the new Moonlight book, which you can read here. Today is also one of those days. W Magazine has published its cover story with Frank which features a full interview.

In it, he talks about what growing up in New Orleans was like, what it was like recording Blonde and Endless at the same time, themes he’s exploring in his new music, how ASAP Rocky influenced him having two different styled verses on ‘Raf’ and more.

You can read it in full here and check out an excerpt below.

What are some of the themes or ideas you’re exploring in your new music?

I believed for a very long time that there was strength in vulnerability, and I really don’t believe that anymore. “Strength” and “vulnerability” sound opposite as words. And so to combine them sounds wise, but I don’t know if it is wise. It’s just this realization that hit me: “Oh, right, it’s a choice whether you will be truthful or a liar.” If I start to tell a story and then I decide not to tell the story anymore, I can stop. It’s my story. The expectation for artists to be vulnerable and truthful is a lot, you know?—when it’s no longer a choice. Like, in order for me to satisfy expectations, there needs to be an outpouring of my heart or my experiences in a very truthful, vulnerable way. I’m more interested in lies than that. Like, give me a full motion-picture fantasy.

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