Odd Future’s Frank Ocean is going to rely on a different set of people to help his comeback to the mainstream spotlight after reportedly firing his management team. #PinkSlip
According to reports, Ocean made the shocking decision over the spring.
Ocean, who rose to prominence as a member of L.A.’s anarchic rap collective Odd Future in 2011, had been managed by the group’s de facto godparents Christian and Kelly Clancy since 2010. But earlier this spring he surprised the couple, who also manage Tyler, the Creator, Solange Knowles, and Mac Miller, by informing them he would be taking his career in a different direction. A new manager has not yet been named, according to a source close to Ocean. (Buzz Feed)
Along with management, Frank decided to let go of his public relations team.
The publicist, Brooklyn- and L.A.-based agency Life or Death PR (which also represents Odd Future), has also been let go. In its place, Ocean has hired Hollywood agency ID PR, whose clients include artists Alicia Keys and Paul Simon as well as movie stars like Jennifer Lawrence and Sean Penn. (In an unofficial swap, former ID client Mac Miller was recently acquired by Life or Death.) (Buzz Feed)
The PR team has reportedly confirmed having its ties cut with the R&B star.
UPDATE: “Relieved,” that’s what a representative of Life or Death PR said in their statement regarding Frank Ocean letting them go. (XXL Mag)
Last March, reports revealed Frank’s long-awaited follow-up to channel ORANGE was finally forming.
Since deleting his Twitter and Instagram accounts, the reclusive singer has shared little about the follow-up to his 2012 Grammy-winning album channel ORANGE. But in the late hours of Monday, he posted a photo of himself on Tumblr, reassuring fans that a new album is on the way. Photographer Nabil snapped the Odd Future crooner seated in the studio with his back facing the camera. “Frank in the lab.. Making sophomore album game,” said Nabil. (Rap-Up)