If you were busy sweating it out and downing hot dogs, ice cream, apple pie, and other 4th of July staples at a record pace yesterday, there's a good chance you might have missed Frank Ocean's heartfelt post about his first love. Talk about the rising, R&B singer's sexuality sparked up after songs from his upcoming album Channel Orange
surfaced. Some of the tracks employ the pronoun "him"...and well, some folks went nuts. In response, Ocean posted a heart-wrenching story about the summer he was nineteen:
"4 summers ago, I met somebody. I was 19 years old. He was too. We spent that summer, and the summer after, together. Everyday almost. And on the days we were together, time would glide. Most of the day I'd see him, and his smile. I'd hear his conversation and his silence ... until it was time to sleep. Sleep I would often share with him. By the time I realized I was in love, it was malignant. It was hopeless..."
What ensues is a saga of rejection, friendship, and hope; a story that holds a unique place in the world of rap and R&B. Though the culture is becoming more tolerant with Jay-Z's support for gay marriage and artists (like T.I. and Bun B.) speaking up against discrimination, hip hop/R&B is still notoriously known for it's lack of acceptance for homosexuality. Ocean's brave act, two weeks before the release of Channel Orange
, is a dynamic statement in a world that is transitioning to a more accepting attitude....especially as a member of Odd Future. Some of the group's homophobic lyrics (despite member Syd tha Kid's openness about being a lesbian) have been the source of much criticism.
The response to Ocean's post has been overwhelmingly positive. He's gained 15,000 followers on Tumblr and received support from fellow Odd Future member Tyler the Creator on Twitter, as well as hip hop founding father and philanthropist Russell Simmons. Read the story HERE