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This is a pretty big story I think.  I will post a link to Ocean's statement below the jump but for those who don't know Ocean, here's some background information.

Ocean is part of the rap collective, "Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All" (OFWGKTA or Odd Future for short) and their leader, Tyler the Creator come under plenty of fire for homophobic, sexist, etc. lyrics that appeared on his album Goblin.  Another member of the group named Earl Sweatshirt on his debut album at age 15 had similar themes and the song epaR was essentially a twisted fantasy involving rape, murder and cop-killing.  

Still, I consider myself a fan of most of their music which I know might be a bit horrible.  

Odd Future though is an interesting group especially since one of the main producers in the group is "Syd tha Kid" an out lesbian who was best friends with Tyler and the rest of the collective.

Frank Ocean is the eldest member of the group, clocking in at 24 years old.  Tyler has often cited him as a bigger brother type and Ocean gained some credibility when he expressed his support for abortion and gay marriage on his debut album, Nostalgia, Ultra.  Ocean has also been the only one to really crack the mainstream and has written for Beyonce and Justin Bieber as well as being featured on Jay-Z & Kanye West's album "Watch the Throne".

Ocean's statement was posted on his Tumblr page which you can view here.

The most prominent sample of Ocean's statement is

"4 summers ago, I met somebody. I was 19 years old. He was too. We spent that summer, and the summer after, together. Every day almost, and on the day we were together, time would glide. Most of the day I'd see him, and his smile. By the time I realized I was in love, it was malignant. It was hopeless."  

Later on he states, "I feel like a free man. If I listen closely... I can hear the sky falling too."

Immediately Tyler the Creator posted his support for Frank on his Twitter, with his typical NSFW humor, which can be found here.  

Still, the hip hop world hasn't had many prominent LGBT male members.  This step by Frank Ocean, however, may have just blazed a new trail.

Originally posted to RVKU on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 10:44 AM PDT.

Also republished by DKOMA.

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  •  I hope so! Thanks for letting us know. (2+ / 0-)
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    Poverty = politics.

    by Renee on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 10:59:14 AM PDT

  •  The NYT Times had a couple of articles (5+ / 0-)
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    davehouck, RVKU, pico, blueoasis, peacestpete

    on Frank today:

    http://www.nytimes.com/...

    http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/...

    It shouldn’t be an issue, Mr. Ocean’s announcement about his sexual orientation. He knows from broken hearts. That’s enough. Let’s learn from him.
    •  The best part about this (1+ / 0-)
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      is that Frank Ocean, a rising star, came out of the closet and MOST things I read are just sort of "shrugging their shoulders" and moving on.  I think this has shown the evolving of the attitude of people coming out of the closet.  

      It's pretty darn cool I think, and Mr. Ocean is a brave man.

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      by RVKU on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 11:10:05 AM PDT

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  •  This is really big news. (9+ / 0-)

    I can't imagine there are a lot of Odd Future fans on dailykos, but it's hard to overestimate what this means in the broader discussion in hip-hop.   Even Russell Simmons has weighed in.

    For people who need a quick primer on why this matters, I think PopDust nails it here (emphasis mine):

    This is a big deal, obviously, for a number of reasons.... admitting ever having romantic and sexual feelings for another guy is something that’s fairly unprecedented for a guy in Frank Ocean’s spot. This isn’t some fringe-y artiste or past-his-prime relic, this is a dude who was well on his way to being the next big thing in hip-hop, a mix of classic ’70s soul cool with modern rap edge and even some burgeoning indie rock sensibilities. He was one of the only guests invited to appear on [Jay-Z and Kanye's] Watch the Throne, and the only one to appear on multiple tracks. He got namechecked by 50 Cent. He got covered by Justin Bieber. Commercials for his Channel Orange aired during the BET Awards. The dude was having a moment.

    And that’s not to say that he still won’t be—really, we hope that the buzz and excitement around Frank Ocean only builds from here. But it’s impossible to predict what will happen to his career at this point, because this never happens, especially not in hip-hop. A guy whose rep is largely predicated on his sense of cool, working in a genre where the great majority of songs are expected to be love ballads about the opposite sex, talking about having been in love with a man—two weeks before his first album drops? And not because he was “outed,” or because rumors had been spreading about him—but because he openly sang about the experiences himself on his own album? ...It’s almost impossible to contemplate.

    Early buzz for his first album is strong, and he seems to be riding a wave of support.   Everyone's curious to see what he has to say now: he posted the letter last night on his tumblr and Facebook page and hasn't made a peep since.  I wonder if he expected the reaction he's getting.

    This is, to paraphrase the VP, a big f'n deal.

    Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

    by pico on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 11:24:40 AM PDT

    •  Also, (5+ / 0-)

      let's celebrate with the first single off his new album:

      Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

      by pico on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 11:59:16 AM PDT

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      •  I like it! (2+ / 0-)
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        Raheem Devaughn, Ne-Yo, Musiq, and now Frank Ocean. Now, that's what I call a for lovers playlist.

        "May today be as great as yesterday, and tomorrow be greater than both!" Author, Sharon B.

        by secret38b on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 12:55:00 PM PDT

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      •  Very nice! (1+ / 0-)
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        I`m much more into the indie rock scene, and I intended to just listen to a bit of this to get an idea, but wow, it drew me right in and I listened to the whole thing, and I`m thinking I should get the whole album. Never heard of Ocean before this, but I`m an instant fan.

        -8.38, -7.74 My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world. - Jack Layton

        by Wreck Smurfy on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 07:41:26 PM PDT

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