Odd Future’s Frank Ocean is reportedly packing bags after this weekend’s Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles to work on his craft outside of the United States.
According to reports, Ocean will use the next 24 months to work on his writing.
So what’s next? Ocean told me he was headed to Shanghai after the Grammys with his equipment in tow, some new recordings already in hand, and plans to write “in remote locations for the next two years.” In previous interviews he mentioned also wanting to write a book. “I’ve started writing the book,” he told me. “You can say that. It’s fiction, and it’s about brothers. That’s all I’m going to say.” Whatever the book ends up being about, Ocean’s music is full of suffering, and there are any number of artists who define themselves that way. “I hope not to define myself by suffering,” he told me. He repeated a few times that his Tumblr post had “cured” his depression, that he was finally over the relationship and that he was happy now. (New York Times)
Ocean is up for a handful of Grammy awards at this weekend’s event.
Six artists were tied for the most nominations: the Black Keys’s Dan Auerbach; FUN; Jay-Z; Mumford & Sons; Frank Ocean; and Kanye West each scored six. But with Jay-Z and West mostly relegated to the rap categories, it’s really all about the other four, who all are up for the prestigious album of the year. (People)
He will also grace the annual stage for a televised performance.
Maroon 5, already a three-time Grammy winner, is nominated this year for best pop duo/group performance for ‘Payphone’, and best pop vocal album for ‘Overexposed’. Frank Ocean is also set to perform at the awards show, and he is nominated for six awards himself, including Record of the Year for ‘Thinkin Bout You’, Album of the Year and Best Urban Contemporary Album for ‘Channel Orange’, and Best New Artist, said The Hollywood Reporter. (Business Insider)
Last weekend, Frank penned an open letter following his publicized brawl with fellow R&B singer Chris Brown which occurred days prior.
“AS A CHILD I THOUGHT IF SOMEONE JUMPED ME IT WOULD RESULT IN ME MURDERING OR MUTILATING A MAN. BUT AS A MAN I AM NOT A KILLER. I’M AN ARTIST AND A MODERN PERSON. I’LL CHOOSE SANITY. NO CRIMINAL CHARGES. NO CIVIL LAWSUIT. FORGIVENESS, ALBEIT DIFFICULT, IS WISDOM. PEACE, ALBEIT TRITE, IS WHAT I WANT IN MY SHORT LIFE. PEACE.” (Frank Ocean’s Tumblr)
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