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The news of Prince’s death has shocked the world, as many continue to mourn the fallen icon. Celebrities such as President Obama, Justin Timberlake, Oprah, Lil’ Wayne, R. Kelly, Chaka Khan, Rita Ora, The Weeknd, Questlove and more took to various social media platforms and media outlets to express their condolences over Prince’s passing.

For Frank Ocean, the Grammy Award-winning singer wrote a letter to the legendary vocalist, posting the tribute on Tumblr. In the lengthy letter, Frank reveals “When You Were Mine” off 1980’s Dirty Mind is his favorite Prince song, and touches on how the singer made an impact outside of music, helping him identify with his sexuality.

Read the full letter below.

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Frank Ocean’s letter to Prince, posted on Tumblr.

“i’m not even gonna say rest in peace because it’s bigger than death. i never met the man (i was too nervous the one time i saw him) and i never saw him play live, regrettably. i only know the legends I’ve heard from folks and what i’ve heard and seen from his deep catalog of propellant, fearless, virtuosic work. my assessment is that he learned early on how little value to assign to someone else’s opinion of you.. an infectious sentiment that seemed soaked into his clothes, his hair, his walk, his guitar and his primal scream. he wrote my favorite song of all time, ‘when you were mine’. it’s a simple song with a simple melody that makes you wish you thought of it first, even though you never would have – a flirtatious brand of genius that feels approachable. he was a straight black man who played his first televised set in bikini bottoms and knee high heeled boots, epic. he made me feel more comfortable with how i identify sexually simply by his display of freedom from and irreverence for obviously archaic ideas like gender conformity etc. he moved me to be more daring and intuitive with my own work by his demonstration – his denial of the prevailing model…his fight for his intellectual property – ‘slave’ written across the forehead, name changed to a symbol… an all out rebellion against exploitation. A vanguard and genius by every metric I know of who affected many in a way that will outrun oblivion for a long while. I’m proud to be a Prince fan(stan) for life.“


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