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Wikipedia Summary for Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean (born October 28, 1987) is an American singer and songwriter. He is recognized for his idiosyncratic musical style, introspective and elliptical songwriting, and wide vocal range. Music critics have credited him with revitalizing jazz and funk influenced R&B, as well as advancing the genre through his experimental approach. He is considered a representative artist of alternative R&B.

Ocean began his musical career as a ghostwriter, prior to joining the hip hop collective Odd Future in 2010. In 2011, Ocean released his critically successful debut mixtape Nostalgia, Ultra and subsequently secured a recording contract with Def Jam Recordings. Drawing on electro-funk, pop-soul, jazz-funk, and psychedelia, Ocean's debut studio album Channel Orange (2012) was one of the most acclaimed albums of 2012. It was nominated for Album of the Year and won Best Urban Contemporary Album at the 2013 Grammy Awards, while the album's hit single "Thinkin Bout You" garnered Ocean a nomination for Record of the Year.

Following a four-year hiatus, Ocean released the visual project Endless in 2016 to fulfill contractual obligations with Def Jam before self-releasing his highly anticipated second album Blonde (2016) a day later. Blonde debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Encompassing experimental, soul, and psychedelic rock, the album was acclaimed by critics and Ocean was praised for challenging the conventions of contemporary R&B and pop music.

Among Ocean's awards are two Grammy Awards, a Brit Award for International Male Solo Artist in 2013 and an NME Award for Best International Male Artist in 2017. He was included in the 2013 edition of the Time's list of the 100 most influential people in the world and the 2017 edition of the Forbes 30 Under 30. Two of his studio albums have been listed in Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time (2020). Both Insider and The Wall Street Journal regarded Ocean as the most dominant artist of the 2010s decade.

As a photographer, Ocean worked with Vogue at the annual Met Gala and the British fashion magazine i-D. Premiered in 2017, he also has his own Beats 1 radio show, Blonded Radio, that often premiers his new singles. In August 2021, Ocean announced the launch of Homer, a luxury jewellery company of his own design.

Quote: Work hard in silence, let success be your noise. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of black and gold metal coin operated telescope
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Work hard in silence, let success be your noise.


Quote: This has always been my life and no one else's, and that's how it's always been since the day I came in it. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

This has always been my life and no one else's, and that's how it's always been since the day I came in it.


Quote: When I did have some success, it further emboldens you to be like, 'No, I'm just going to write what I feel I should write.' by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

When I did have some success, it further emboldens you to be like, 'No, I'm just going to write what I feel I should write.'


Quote: I've gotten used to being Frank Ocean. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I've gotten used to being Frank Ocean.


Quote: Sometimes I'm fascinated with how famous my work could be while I'm not so famous. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

Sometimes I'm fascinated with how famous my work could be while I'm not so famous.


Quote: I never think about myself as an artist working in this time. I think about it in macro. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I never think about myself as an artist working in this time. I think about it in macro.


Quote: Here's what I think about music and journalism: The most important thing is to just press play. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

Here's what I think about music and journalism: The most important thing is to just press play.


Quote: All in all, I just don't trust journalists -- and I don't think it's a good practice for me to trust journalists. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

All in all, I just don't trust journalists -- and I don't think it's a good practice for me to trust journalists.


Quote: Of course awards matter. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

Of course awards matter.


Quote: I've always wanted to make a career in the arts, and I think that my only hope at doing that is to make it more about the work. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I've always wanted to make a career in the arts, and I think that my only hope at doing that is to make it more about the work.


Quote: I might just write a novel next. I don't know! by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I might just write a novel next. I don't know!


Quote: I believe that I'm one of the best in the world at what I do, and that's all I've ever wanted to be. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I believe that I'm one of the best in the world at what I do, and that's all I've ever wanted to be.


Quote: I guess I'm just inspired to tell stories. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I guess I'm just inspired to tell stories.


Quote: I worked my face off. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I worked my face off.


Quote: I'm not a centerfold. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I'm not a centerfold.


Quote: The work is the work. The work is not me. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

The work is the work. The work is not me.


Quote: I can't usually stomach a project after I finish it, but for those days and weeks and months that it's new to me, I do listen to it, and it might change over time, but it's about function. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I can't usually stomach a project after I finish it, but for those days and weeks and months that it's new to me, I do listen to it, and it might change over time, but it's about function.




Quote: I feel like I was writing as I was learning to talk. Writing was always a go-to form of communication. And I knew I could sing from being in tune with the radio. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I feel like I was writing as I was learning to talk. Writing was always a go-to form of communication. And I knew I could sing from being in tune with the radio.


Quote: I make pop culture. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I make pop culture.


Quote: All the things I didn't mean to say I didn't mean to do There were things you didn't need to say You didn't need to. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

All the things I didn't mean to say I didn't mean to do There were things you didn't need to say You didn't need to.


Quote: We met for a reason, either you're a blessing or a lesson. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

We met for a reason, either you're a blessing or a lesson.


Quote: I believe a marriage isn't between a man and woman, but between love and love. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I believe a marriage isn't between a man and woman, but between love and love.


Quote: If someone breaks your heart just punch them in the face. Seriously. Punch them in the face and go get some ice cream. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

If someone breaks your heart just punch them in the face. Seriously. Punch them in the face and go get some ice cream.


Quote: The Internet is just another experiment showing us more sides of us. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

The Internet is just another experiment showing us more sides of us.


Quote: I need to know how many records I've sold, how many album equivalents from streaming, which territories are playing my music more than others, because it helps me in conversations about where we're gonna be playing shows or where I might open a retail location, like a pop-up store or something. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of Frank Ocean quote: I need to know how many records I've sold, how many album equivalents from streaming, which territories are playing my music more than others, because it helps me in conversations about where we're gonna be playing shows or where I might open a retail location, like a pop-up store or something.- black text on quotes background

I need to know how many records I've sold, how many album equivalents from streaming, which territories are playing my music more than others, because it helps me in conversations about where we're gonna be playing shows or where I might open a retail location, like a pop-up store or something.


Quote: You can't think; you just gotta do things. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

You can't think; you just gotta do things.


Quote: Because I'm not in a record deal, I don't have to operate in an album format. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

Because I'm not in a record deal, I don't have to operate in an album format.


Quote: I can operate in half-a-song format. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I can operate in half-a-song format.


Quote: I'm in this business to be creative -- I'll even diminish it and say to be a content provider. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I'm in this business to be creative -- I'll even diminish it and say to be a content provider.


Quote: You gotta make sure the listener is listening to you, so if you put it into a song, often times, if the song is striking enough, then you can really deliver the story most effectively while keeping the ear of the listener the whole time. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

You gotta make sure the listener is listening to you, so if you put it into a song, often times, if the song is striking enough, then you can really deliver the story most effectively while keeping the ear of the listener the whole time.


Quote: I hope not to define myself by suffering. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I hope not to define myself by suffering.


Quote: My music definitely comes from a place of experience. Everything connects to a truth. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

My music definitely comes from a place of experience. Everything connects to a truth.


Quote: I respect Drake not only as a creative person but as a business mind as well. I think Drake's important. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I respect Drake not only as a creative person but as a business mind as well. I think Drake's important.


Quote: I booked my first studio at like 12 or 13. Somewhere in that season of my life, singing along with the radio became me wanting to be on radio, you know. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I booked my first studio at like 12 or 13. Somewhere in that season of my life, singing along with the radio became me wanting to be on radio, you know.


Quote: I had writer's block for almost a year. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I had writer's block for almost a year.


Quote: I enjoy being involved in making the artwork for albums and stupid stuff like that. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I enjoy being involved in making the artwork for albums and stupid stuff like that.


Quote: It's hard to articulate how I think about myself as a public figure. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

It's hard to articulate how I think about myself as a public figure.


Quote: Art's everything we hope life would be, a lot of times. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

Art's everything we hope life would be, a lot of times.


Quote: When you write a song like 'Forrest Gump,' the subject can't be androgynous. It requires an unnecessary amount of effort. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

When you write a song like 'Forrest Gump,' the subject can't be androgynous. It requires an unnecessary amount of effort.


Quote: The work is the work. The work is not me. I like the anonymity that directors can have about their films. Even though it's my voice, I'm a storyteller. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

The work is the work. The work is not me. I like the anonymity that directors can have about their films. Even though it's my voice, I'm a storyteller.


Quote: The Internet made fame wack and anonymity cool. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

The Internet made fame wack and anonymity cool.


Quote: I enjoy singing my songs in front of people. I enjoy being involved in making the artwork for albums and stupid stuff like that. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I enjoy singing my songs in front of people. I enjoy being involved in making the artwork for albums and stupid stuff like that.


Quote: I have no delusions about my likability in every scenario. I know that in order to get things done the way you want them, oftentimes your position will be unpopular. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I have no delusions about my likability in every scenario. I know that in order to get things done the way you want them, oftentimes your position will be unpopular.


Quote: Super-envious of the fact that Daft Punk can wear robot helmets and be one of the most famous bands in the world, while also understanding that will never be my situation. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

Super-envious of the fact that Daft Punk can wear robot helmets and be one of the most famous bands in the world, while also understanding that will never be my situation.


Quote: With my art, it's the one thing that I know will outlive me and outlive my feelings. It will outlive my depressive seasons. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

With my art, it's the one thing that I know will outlive me and outlive my feelings. It will outlive my depressive seasons.


Quote: I don't intend to stop making music. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I don't intend to stop making music.


Quote: If you could see my thoughts, you could see our faces. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

If you could see my thoughts, you could see our faces.


Quote: It started to weigh on me that I was responsible for the moves that had made me successful, but I wasn't reaping the lion's share of the profits, and that was problematic for me. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

It started to weigh on me that I was responsible for the moves that had made me successful, but I wasn't reaping the lion's share of the profits, and that was problematic for me.


Quote: Sometimes, I want to talk on a song and be angry, because I am angry. Then there's always a part of me that remembers that this record lives past my being angry, and so do I really want to be angry about that? Is that feeling going to have longevity? by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

Sometimes, I want to talk on a song and be angry, because I am angry. Then there's always a part of me that remembers that this record lives past my being angry, and so do I really want to be angry about that? Is that feeling going to have longevity?


Quote: I won't touch on risky, because that's subjective. People are just afraid of things too much. Afraid of things that don't necessarily merit fear. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I won't touch on risky, because that's subjective. People are just afraid of things too much. Afraid of things that don't necessarily merit fear.


Quote: Some people focus more on sonics. Some people focus more on story. I focus on both sonics and story. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

Some people focus more on sonics. Some people focus more on story. I focus on both sonics and story.


Quote: The idea of recognizing your strengths and using them in as versatile a way as you can is cool to me. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

The idea of recognizing your strengths and using them in as versatile a way as you can is cool to me.


Quote: It's not essential for me to have a big debut week; it's not essential for me to have big radio records. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

It's not essential for me to have a big debut week; it's not essential for me to have big radio records.


Quote: Obviously, the cinematography of films is art, just as a still shot can be art. If I'm watching a Wes Anderson movie, the colour palettes alone, and the way they're painted, could be art. With music, you're a little bit limited, of course, because it's only audio. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

Obviously, the cinematography of films is art, just as a still shot can be art. If I'm watching a Wes Anderson movie, the colour palettes alone, and the way they're painted, could be art. With music, you're a little bit limited, of course, because it's only audio.


Quote: How we experience memory sometimes, it's not linear. We're not telling the stories to ourselves. We know the story; we're just seeing it in flashes overlaid. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

How we experience memory sometimes, it's not linear. We're not telling the stories to ourselves. We know the story; we're just seeing it in flashes overlaid.


Quote: I'm extremely compassionate, loving, all of those warm fuzzy things, but the outer shell doesn't project that all the time. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I'm extremely compassionate, loving, all of those warm fuzzy things, but the outer shell doesn't project that all the time.


Quote: I'm big on what's in good taste. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I'm big on what's in good taste.


Quote: The worse part of being lied to is when you realize you believed it. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

The worse part of being lied to is when you realize you believed it.


Quote: People are just afraid of things too much … Sure, evil exists, extremism exists. Somebody could commit a hate crime and hurt me. But they could do the same just because I'm black. They could do the same just because I'm American. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

People are just afraid of things too much … Sure, evil exists, extremism exists. Somebody could commit a hate crime and hurt me. But they could do the same just because I'm black. They could do the same just because I'm American.


Quote: No, I don't like you, I just thought you were cute enough to kiss you. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

No, I don't like you, I just thought you were cute enough to kiss you.


Quote: I feel like I was writing as I was learning to talk. Writing was always a go-to form of communication. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I feel like I was writing as I was learning to talk. Writing was always a go-to form of communication.


Quote: It's about the stories. If I write 14 stories that I love, then the next step is to get the environment of music around it to best envelop the story and all kinds of sonic goodness. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

It's about the stories. If I write 14 stories that I love, then the next step is to get the environment of music around it to best envelop the story and all kinds of sonic goodness.


Quote: It's more interesting for me to figure out how to be superior in areas where I'm naive, where I'm a novice. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

It's more interesting for me to figure out how to be superior in areas where I'm naive, where I'm a novice.


Quote: When you're happy, you enjoy the music but when you're sad, you undestand the lyrics. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

When you're happy, you enjoy the music but when you're sad, you undestand the lyrics.


Quote: Just remember; someone loves everything you hate about yourself. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

Just remember; someone loves everything you hate about yourself.


Quote: What do you think my brain is made for?

Is it just a container for the mind?

This great grey matter,

Sensei replied what is your woman,

Is she just a container for the child?

That soft pink matter. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

What do you think my brain is made for?

Is it just a container for the mind?

This great grey matter,

Sensei replied what is your woman,

Is she just a container for the child?

That soft pink matter.


Quote: My TV ain't HD, that's too real. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

My TV ain't HD, that's too real.


Quote: Once I catch you in one lie, it makes me question everything you said. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

Once I catch you in one lie, it makes me question everything you said.


Quote: I've written some great things. That's a gift, but there's consequences. Yeah, you get this great work, but you suffer. You really, really suffer. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I've written some great things. That's a gift, but there's consequences. Yeah, you get this great work, but you suffer. You really, really suffer.


Quote: In the studio, we adhere to a strict colour code. Developed over decades, the colour code consists of a finite and precise colour palate... The whole world as we experience it comes to us through the mystic realm of colour. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

In the studio, we adhere to a strict colour code. Developed over decades, the colour code consists of a finite and precise colour palate... The whole world as we experience it comes to us through the mystic realm of colour.


Quote: When I was growing up, there was nobody in my family -- not even my mother -- who I could look to and be like, 'I know you've never said anything homophobic.' So, you know, you worry about people in the business who you've heard talk that way. Some of my heroes coming up talk recklessly like that. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of Frank Ocean quote: When I was growing up, there was nobody in my family -- not even my mother -- who I could look to and be like, 'I know you've never said anything homophobic.' So, you know, you worry about people in the business who you've heard talk that way. Some of my heroes coming up talk recklessly like that.- black text on quotes background

When I was growing up, there was nobody in my family -- not even my mother -- who I could look to and be like, 'I know you've never said anything homophobic.' So, you know, you worry about people in the business who you've heard talk that way. Some of my heroes coming up talk recklessly like that.


Quote: I want to thank The Beatles for almost single-handedly getting me out of writer's block. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I want to thank The Beatles for almost single-handedly getting me out of writer's block.


Quote: It's about the stories. If I write 14 stories that I love, then the next step is to get the environment of music around it to best envelop the story, and all kinds of sonic goodness -- sonic goodies. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

It's about the stories. If I write 14 stories that I love, then the next step is to get the environment of music around it to best envelop the story, and all kinds of sonic goodness -- sonic goodies.


Quote: Boys do cry, but I don't think I shed a tear for a good chunk of my teenage years. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

Boys do cry, but I don't think I shed a tear for a good chunk of my teenage years.


Quote: I wrote 'Channel Orange' in two weeks. The end product wasn't always that gritty, real-life depiction of the real struggle that happened. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I wrote 'Channel Orange' in two weeks. The end product wasn't always that gritty, real-life depiction of the real struggle that happened.


Quote: When you are happy, you enjoy music, when you are sad, you understand lyrics. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

When you are happy, you enjoy music, when you are sad, you understand lyrics.


Quote: I grew up in New Orleans. I had just moved into my dorm at the University of New Orleans, and I was doing laundry, and my mom called me, like, 'We've got to evacuate. There's a hurricane's coming.' by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I grew up in New Orleans. I had just moved into my dorm at the University of New Orleans, and I was doing laundry, and my mom called me, like, 'We've got to evacuate. There's a hurricane's coming.'


Quote: Don't ever play with someone's feelings, you could win the game but you could lose that person forever. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

Don't ever play with someone's feelings, you could win the game but you could lose that person forever.


Quote: I think we all change each other's paths. I don't know which law idea that is in physics, but I don't think any of us can live without affecting one another. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I think we all change each other's paths. I don't know which law idea that is in physics, but I don't think any of us can live without affecting one another.


Quote: If someone breaks your heart, just punch them in the face. Seriously. Punch them in the face and go get some ice cream. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

If someone breaks your heart, just punch them in the face. Seriously. Punch them in the face and go get some ice cream.


Quote: Don't confuse my personality with my attitude. My personality is who I am, and my attitude depends on who you are. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

Don't confuse my personality with my attitude. My personality is who I am, and my attitude depends on who you are.


Quote: I was a thug. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I was a thug.


Quote: Don't feel sad over someone who gave up on you, feel sorry for them because they gave up on someone who would have never given up on them. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

Don't feel sad over someone who gave up on you, feel sorry for them because they gave up on someone who would have never given up on them.


Quote: Those who are heartless, once cared too much. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

Those who are heartless, once cared too much.


Quote: Distance sometimes lets you know who's worth keeping and who's worth letting go. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

Distance sometimes lets you know who's worth keeping and who's worth letting go.


Quote: As long as your intentions are solid and about growth and progression and being productive and not being idle, then you're doing good in my book. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

As long as your intentions are solid and about growth and progression and being productive and not being idle, then you're doing good in my book.


Quote: Work hard in silence; let success make the noise. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

Work hard in silence; let success make the noise.


Quote: When you're happy you enjoy the music, but when you're sad you understand the lyrics. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

When you're happy you enjoy the music, but when you're sad you understand the lyrics.


Quote: We all know we have a finite period of time. I just feel if I'm going to be alive, I want to be challenged -- to be as immortal as possible. The path to that isn't an easy way, but it's a rewarding way. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

We all know we have a finite period of time. I just feel if I'm going to be alive, I want to be challenged -- to be as immortal as possible. The path to that isn't an easy way, but it's a rewarding way.


Quote: I like the anonymity that directors can have about their films. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I like the anonymity that directors can have about their films.


Quote: As a writer, as a creator, I'm giving you my experiences. But just take what I give you. You ain't got to pry beyond that. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

As a writer, as a creator, I'm giving you my experiences. But just take what I give you. You ain't got to pry beyond that.


Quote: I booked my first studio at like 12 or 13. Somewhere in that season of my life, singing along with the radio became me wanting to be on radio, you know. And writing Langston Hughes replica poems became me wanting to write like Stevie Wonder. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I booked my first studio at like 12 or 13. Somewhere in that season of my life, singing along with the radio became me wanting to be on radio, you know. And writing Langston Hughes replica poems became me wanting to write like Stevie Wonder.


Quote: The first four and a half years was me in the studio every day, writing songs for other people. I had jobs, too -- eleven jobs. I worked at Kinko's, Fatburger, Subway -- I was a sandwich artist -- and I was a claims processor at Allstate Insurance. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

The first four and a half years was me in the studio every day, writing songs for other people. I had jobs, too -- eleven jobs. I worked at Kinko's, Fatburger, Subway -- I was a sandwich artist -- and I was a claims processor at Allstate Insurance.


Quote: The idea of recognising your strengths and using them in as versatile a way as you can is cool to me. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

The idea of recognising your strengths and using them in as versatile a way as you can is cool to me.


Quote: I don't have any secrets I need kept any more. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I don't have any secrets I need kept any more.


Quote: We were poor. But my mom never accepted that. She worked hard to become a residential contractor -- got her master's with honors at the University of New Orleans. I used to go to every class with her. Her father was my paternal figure. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

We were poor. But my mom never accepted that. She worked hard to become a residential contractor -- got her master's with honors at the University of New Orleans. I used to go to every class with her. Her father was my paternal figure.


Quote: It's cool to be recognised by your peers. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

It's cool to be recognised by your peers.


Quote: I'm about being the best. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I'm about being the best.


Quote: There's just some magic in truth and honesty and openness. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

There's just some magic in truth and honesty and openness.


Quote: People are just afraid of things too much. Afraid of things that don't necessarily merit fear. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

People are just afraid of things too much. Afraid of things that don't necessarily merit fear.


Quote: A friend of mine jokes that I have a painstaking royalty complex. Like maybe I was a duke in a past life. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

A friend of mine jokes that I have a painstaking royalty complex. Like maybe I was a duke in a past life.


Quote: As a lifestyle you always being the focal point is innately unhealthy. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

As a lifestyle you always being the focal point is innately unhealthy.


Quote: I don't fear anybody... at all. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I don't fear anybody... at all.


Quote: You just do what you can and you have as much fun as possible. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

You just do what you can and you have as much fun as possible.


Quote: I play piano every day. I enjoy that. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I play piano every day. I enjoy that.


Quote: In art, at a certain level, there is no 'better than.' It's just about trying to operate for yourself on the most supreme level, artistically, that you can and hoping that people get it. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

In art, at a certain level, there is no 'better than.' It's just about trying to operate for yourself on the most supreme level, artistically, that you can and hoping that people get it.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

In art, at a certain level, there is no 'better than.' It's just about trying to operate for yourself on the most supreme level, artistically, that you can and hoping that people get it. Trusting that, just because of the way people are built and how interconnected we are, greatness will translate and symmetry will be recognised.


Quote: My grandfather was smart and had a whole lot of pride. He didn't speak a terrible amount, but you could tell there was a ton on his mind -- like a quiet acceptance of how life had turned out. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

My grandfather was smart and had a whole lot of pride. He didn't speak a terrible amount, but you could tell there was a ton on his mind -- like a quiet acceptance of how life had turned out.


Quote: I enjoy singing my songs in front of people. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I enjoy singing my songs in front of people.




Quote: I don't ever want to be caught up in a system of thinking I can do one thing 'cos that's just... that's just telling yourself a lie. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of photo of author Frank Ocean with quote

I don't ever want to be caught up in a system of thinking I can do one thing 'cos that's just... that's just telling yourself a lie.


Quote: Whenever I think about movies, I always look at that art process as having the best of a lot of worlds. Because if you watch a great film, you have a musical element to it, not just on the scoring, but in the way that the shots are edited -- that has music and rhythm and time. by author Frank Ocean overlaid on photo of Frank Ocean quote; white text on black background

Whenever I think about movies, I always look at that art process as having the best of a lot of worlds. Because if you watch a great film, you have a musical element to it, not just on the scoring, but in the way that the shots are edited -- that has music and rhythm and time.


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