Frank Ocean Dives In on New Album, Holds Off on Kanye West Collaboration

Frank Ocean

Despite all the buzz he’s been receiving, Frank Ocean has kept a low profile. But the reclusive Odd Future member surfaced to share some insight on his next project and why he turned down another opportunity to work with Kanye West.

“The record’s written. We’re just trying to tie up all the production, get everything sonically pleasing to me, the director of this film,” the singer-songwriter told BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe during his recent trip to London.

Ocean, who worked with Jay-Z and West on Watch the Throne, spoke with Kanye about collaborating on his highly-anticipated project. “I’m a big fan. He’s a big influence on my music. I told him, ‘As much as I want to work with you, I kinda want to do this without you.’ I kinda want to do it on my own. I worked with one producer, who I found some really random synergy with, a producer named Malay out in L.A., and we worked for the first couple days and did some crazy feeling songs, like the Untitled #2 was the first or second song that we wrote together.”

Those who attended his recent shows in New Orleans and London have been treated to new songs including the tentatively titled “Disillusion” and one that samples Mary J. Blige’s “Real Love.” He hopes his new material will transition to the stage.

“I wanted it to be an expansion. Sonically, I wanted it to be whatever the next tier was for me, just open up challenging song structures, challenging a lot of the things I demonstrated on the last project.”

Although his first album was available for free online, he still considers it a proper debut. “Nostalgia, Ultra was recorded to be an album. The only thing that says it’s not an album is the record industry. But to me that’s my debut album. I could care less what the record industry has to say about what that record is.”

He hopes to have the project wrapped before Christmas, but he’s not holding himself to a date. “I’ma just work at it till it’s done.”

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  1. Face

    This is my main man right here.


  2. Real Hip-Hop

    Go Ocean.


  3. .

    fuck ocean


  4. Nicki4ever

    Sonically Sonically Sonically !

    Read a book nikka


    Wow Reply:

    @Nicki4ever, Says the person who’s a fan of nicki Minaj? The irony.


    Yeah Reply:

    just because you listens to Nicki doesn’t mean you’re dumb smh


    xoxoBARbZbiiiTCHMUAHzxoxo Reply:


    i MEAn! Me n myy barbz listens to onika (nicki to you heathens) 24/7 and we for sure ain’t dumB! We are the futere and onika tot us all how to be biznesswomans!


    WatchTheThrone Reply:

    @xoxoBARbZbiiiTCHMUAHzxoxo, nicki minaj fans aren’t necessarily dumb. but you are. learn to write in proper english.


    MONKEY Reply:

    @WatchTheThrone, HAHAHA

  5. Blaze

    Thats a good look Frank can’t wait


  6. shak

    i fucking hate when people say it wrong… its “i couldN’T care less” if you could care less then that matters to you more than other things that you could not care less of.

    Yea yea its my pet peeve pipe down bitch.


    mr. ocean Reply:

    @shak, The thing is it’s not meant to be literal, it’s meant to be sarcastic. I could care less. I understand literally and grammatically it’s wrong, but what can we do?


  7. shak

    @Nicki4ever all producers use the word sonically, its the fucking music, the sonics inside the music, the frequencies, the kicks, snares, all drums etc.


  8. HereWeGo

    He sound stupid MR.KANYEWEST wants to collab and you tell the brother NO CAN DO wtf eveer. I’ll admit he got a decent voice but he aint fixin to be droppin any hits/jams/#1′s 2011 or the near future (2012) him and his odd what tha fawk ever crew will be gone in no time dont worry:)


    dnfl Reply:

    @HereWeGo, he wants to stand on his own two feet, there’s nothing wrong with that.


    Lidalee90 Reply:

    @HereWeGo, Wow, ignorace at it’s finest. You talking all that mess but where are you in the music game? I just love computer critics.


  9. mamia

    Sweet baby jesus we made in America!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  10. dnfl

    yes. been waiting for this far too long



    I wonder when his ep gonna be released I’ve been waiting for this since I heard that it was gonna be released on July 26th but it hasn’t but I hope Frank collaborates The Weeknd that’ll be tight


  12. ToNiO

    Finally, can’t wait.

    I wish he took that Kanye opportunity though.


  13. Tiger's Ex Wife

    I like how he turned down an opportunity to work with Kanye again and just do things himself. He really shows a lot of control towards what wants


  14. shak

    he fo damn sure gon regret not working with ‘ye when his album flops; sure a artist likes full art and control direction of the album but no point if you cant get it to a broader audience. NAH’M SAYIN


  15. Setitstraighter

    This Guy is SOOo dope.. I love how he musically married to Brandy..


  16. Breezy

    cant believe frank denied working with Ye smh



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