Sun 16 Dec 2012
Just the thought of Frank Ocean not putting out another album has people in a frenzy. In a recent interview with the Guardian UK, the crooner kept it brutally honest on his outlook on his musical career and his real career goals. As the interviewer asked him about his lyrics, Frank got into explaining how he feels about creating music and what he wants to do next.
“Like I said, it’s the more interesting part about making music for me, or making albums and songs and stuff. So much so that I might not make another album. I might just write a novel next. I don’t know!”
So Channel Orange could be your last album? This could be it?
It could be. It could be it, if I flew next week and my plane crashed! It could be it if somebody walked along and shot me for my bracelet or something. It could always be it. The idea of recognizing your strengths and using them in as versatile a way as you can is cool to me. I don’t ever want to be caught up in a system of thinking I can do one thing cos that’s just … that’s just telling yourself a lie. But I do like to sing. I play piano every day. I enjoy that.
Continue reading Frank’s interview, plus check out what happened to Trey Songz and listen to what T.I. has to say about another rapper after the jump…
He clarified his statements later in the interview: I don’t intend to stop making music. This isn’t a faux retirement. It’s no bullshit. I was just making music yesterday. But I do think – it would be fucking legendary if I just made Channel Orange last year, then put out a best-selling novel next year, then, you know, designed an arena in Stockholm in 2014! I don’t know! You just do what you can and you have as much fun as possible, and love your life as much as you can despite the bullshit and all the expectations and shit. You just do what the fuck you wanna do at the end of the day, and don’t give a fuck. As long as your intentions are solid, and about growth and progression and being productive and not being idle, then you’re doing good in my book.
It’s topped our list, which suggests other people enjoy it too. It’d be a shame if you didn’t do another.
It wouldn’t be a shame.
It would be a shame.
I don’t know if it’d be a shame. I’m beginning to question the importance of art in this world these days. Like, I have this little theory that a lot of today’s geniuses don’t even go into the field of art any more. I did write a song recently, and the first line of the song was, “First off, fuck art.” That was the first line!
That’s a bit strong.
The way I approach this thing, when I started to get my head screwed on straight and really trying to make something of myself as an artist, when I was 19 or 20, it became more about function for me. Like, what is this song doing to you? What is the function of this type of artform? What is it doing?
For you as the writer, or for the listener?
I mean, I listen to my music too. I can’t usually stomach a project after I finish it, but for those days and weeks and months that it’s new to me, I do listen to it and it might change over time, but it’s about function. If I’m maybe saying something I want to say, or capture a feeling in a story, or illustrate a character that I have on my mind, anything – function first, thrill second.
No. I’m not on any retirement kick.
You probably saw weird headlines on Twitter this weekend, which tied Trey Songz to an arrest this past summer for throwing money at a women while hosting a party at Perfections strip in NYC. Initially, it wasn’t clear if the woman was a dancer or a just a patron, but the NY Daily News says she was indeed a club-goer.
The 28-year-old musician allegedly tossed a bundle of cash at Donna McIntosh-Inoe, 36, after she snapped a cell phone picture of him during a party at Club Perfection in Woodhaven about 4 a.m. on Aug. 22.
“He chucked a wad of cash at me,” McIntosh-Inoe told the Daily News. “A wad of cash.”
The Staten Island woman, who went to the club with her husband to see the “I Gotta Make It” star, said the knot of bills struck her so hard that it left her with a black eye.
“I didn’t even know I had a bruise on my face until after I left the club,” she said. “I had to walk around a whole week with a black eye.”
There’s seems to be more problems brewing in the ATL. On a new track titled “Addresses,” The Kang was heard taking shots at another rapper. some believe it may be Gucci and Alley Boy, who have both taken shots at the rapper.
“Hey look I can’t afford a gun fight/Ha! But I can afford one life/All that sucker sh*t, you broke and now you so upset/All the sh*t you kick around the city gets you no respect/I know a rap beef what you want, that sh*t I been did/You such a gangster, get some money out the street then/Been in the game for 11 years, if I was such a h*e, n*gga I’d a been exposed 10 years ago.
He confirmed that he was talking about somebody specific in a interview with DJ Drama.
“Nah, it was direct,” Tip said. “Yeah, it was direct. Now the thing about who it was directed to, it benefits them more than me for me to put that out there. So I made it directly to them in a way so only they will know. Therefore, so they cannot get any shine off of it. So I’ma make a prediction here, everybody, on Shade 45, on Drama’s show. There shall be a few rappers that feel they will be benefited by accepting that burden and they will step into that line of fire knowing that it is not them but they feel it is better for them to step into that line of fire, be hit and receive the benefits of what comes with being hit by a T.I. bullet. That will be the greatest thing that ever happened to them in their life, man. They mama gonna say, ‘Oh, my baby got hit by a T.I. bullet. Proudest moment of my life.’” (Listen to full audio of the interview here)
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