The Kid Frankie

Pour up for A$AP, RIP Pimp C, RIP to Trayvon, that nigga look just like me,”

Frank Ocean’s artistry follows no boundaries, he purely does what he thinks is the dopest possible thing, but also does what is right. Visionaries come and go, but once in a lifetime artists are here to stay, it had been four years since he had published anything musically. And patience is a virtue. Frank will be here for *knock on wood* a very long time.

Endless dropped in the middle of the night on an ordinary Thursday exclusively on Apple Music. 45 minutes of watching someone build a staircase had never been so easy, perhaps that’s what he was trying to get across with the video. The message is still unclear regarding Endless, but it’s very possible that Frank wants us to realize we will literally watch him do fucking anything. Like, build stairs. That’s just how desperate we were for that new good good. In the tweet that Apple published, they also mentioned that more from Frank was coming soon, because 45 minutes just wasn’t quite enough.

*Blonde has been out for 24 hours while I’m writing this*, and maybe I’m just being a basic fan boy but it’s already the best album of the year. AND THAT IS SAYING SOMETHING. Rihanna, Kanye, Drake, Chance the Rapper and Beyonce all dropped ridiculously highly anticipated albums. When you’re on a list with those five artists and you’re trumping them, your fame has reached a new height. Frank is the world’s most polarizing musician for so many different reasons:

  1. Being gay isn’t easy, no matter what year it might be, so people can relate to him on an emotionally available standpoint.
  2. He’s created his own genre, it’s not energetic enough to be basic ‘pop’ but it’s not slow nor cliche enough to be ‘R&B’, it’s his own new era of music that he has perfected.
  3. Angelic voices are too rare, and he has like… three of them. It’s fucking stupid how blessed this man is.
  4. He’s hipster as shit without trying to be hipster as shit. Frank took Supreme clothing on his shoulders and carried it from the ground to Mt. Everest, then just decided to dip and drop Channel Orange.
  5. He doesn’t leave an inch of his creativity out on any project, he puts all of himself into everything that he does.
  6. “The idea of waiting for something makes it more exciting,”- Andy Warhol, WE WAITED FOR FOUR YEARS FOR THIS SHIT.
  7. Frank’s a very secluded person, it’s like paparazzi can hardly find him. He’s all over the place. Other celebrities post on Instagram and Twitter daily, Frank might tumble on the lowest of key social media platforms, Tumblr, like once every six months if we’re lucky.
  8. Although he is secluded, he expresses his personality so much in his art. So, we as people can relate to him in a variety of ways. Whether we are: vulnerable, happy, stupid, smart, potheads, clingy, independent, clinically insane, or falling asleep, we can relate to a Frank track.
  9. No singles were published.
  10. He’s himself, and encourages you to be yourself.

10 is huge, that’s really what has his fans so devoted to him. He doesn’t ask them to be anyone else when they listen to his music, he just wants us to to give ourselves up to the music. So, if you haven’t bumped yet, you’re in for one hell of a ride that was without a doubt worth four years of waiting.

Music wise, Frank is unparalleled for what he does right now. He’s in the top tier of artists without any second guessing. Maybe I’m just fan-boying really fucking hard right now, but Ocean is as smooth as Michael Jackson in his show stopping ability. Nearly as creative as Kanye in the way that no genre necessarily defines him, and as interesting as Prince. His recently deceased idol.

He is a man made up of influences from the musicians and artists that have come before him. He takes, learns, and borrows from them. Stevie Wonder samples, Prince tumblr posts, and always keeping his ears open is what makes Frank so special. He adapts with the times although his vibrations are timeless.