Frank Ocean Gets Up Close in i-D Magazine

Frank Ocean

Despite his surge to stardom, Frank Ocean has maintained a low profile. While riding on a South Kensington carousel in London, the press shy singer opened up to British fashion magazine i-D about his love for Celine Dion, why he doesn’t do many interviews, and the reason he was fired from his previous jobs. See photos and read highlights from the story below.

On which songwriter’s song he would like to sing: “I’d probably sing a Diane Warren ballad. I’m a big Celine Dion fan.”

On why he doesn’t do much press: “It seems healthier to be a little more reclusive. I rely heavily on my art form and letting that speak for me and what I do.”

On where his inspiration comes from: “I think my creativity comes from a really pure place. I feel at a higher level of consciousness when I’m being creative.”

On his previous jobs: “I worked my ass off doing 13 jobs. So many jobs ’cause I was always getting fired ’cause I was always late. I would be in the studio until five in the morning and then have to get up and go to work.”

On selling his first song: “I sold my first song when I was 19 to Noel Gourdin.”

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28 Comments

  1. Robjr Loves Ciara

    Sometimes Frank looks older in pictures than he actually is. I’m starving for this project he’s coming out with…he needs to hurry up with it -_-

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  2. Right

    so he tell all the black magazines “sister 2 sister” he don’t do interviews but…. well, I guess I get it…

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    So What? Reply:

    @Right, he doesn’t want to be considered R&B and because he is black they will say that..so he is pushing for a bigger audience…whats wrong with that??

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    Right Reply:

    @So What?, I didn’t say anything was wrong with it…but I’m not feeling his demeanor and what you said clearly made my point

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    So What? Reply:

    @Right, Well, his music is good and thats all I care about..you can’t make people be who you want them to be..He will be on tour with Cold Play so that major no matter how you look at it

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    OOL UH UH Reply:

    @So What?, SO WHAT? YALL STILL SEARCHING FOR WHITIES APPROVAL. IT’S SICKENING. NO ONE WANTS TO CARRY THE BURDEN OF BEING BLACK. WELL, GUESS WHAT? STILL BLACK….IN EVERYONE’S EYES! UGH. THEY REALLY FUCKED US [WE] UP.

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    a smart guy Reply:

    @OOL UH UH, how can you not carry the burden of being black when you walk like a black guy, sing like a black guy, and clearly he’s smart like the minority of the minority. big business comes from mainstream and r&b is dying slowly into this “pop-hop” retarded shit we all bop to today. hes just making his cash,, while you’re being racist. and yes, im african-american. dumbass.

  3. Redchainsaw

    I like him,but he doesn’t seem to be doing much music wise…..and all the pics he do are so similar and expected

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  4. Logic

    He is a talented dude nonetheless!

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  5. OF

    We Winning!

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  6. Ron

    U know I did like this kat until he decided to release “Thinking About You” after giving the song to Bridget Kelly as “Thinking About Forever”. Thought it was kind of childish. U write a song for someone then decide to release your own version the day before the EP the original is included on is released. SMH.

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  7. Wholeness

    I like Frank’s music, but all his pics look the same. I mean, if you have seen one magazine with him in it you ave seen them all. I am starting to get bored.

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    Redchainsaw Reply:

    @Wholeness, Lmao!! I said the samething

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    CarlosBonegro Reply:

    @Wholeness, hes a singer not a model why do you care about photos

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  8. Rap*LovesJesus

    one eye covered…..normal, right?

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  9. OOL UH UH

    I’M SO SICK OF THESE FOLKS COVERING THEIR EYE UP. IT’S DUMB AS HELL AND THEY LOOK LIKE USED FOOLS.

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    Meme Reply:

    @OOL UH UH, If you didn’t kno, that is id

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  10. esteban

    illuminati!!!!!!!!!

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    Life Reply:

    …is a marketing tool.

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  11. Jade

    If y’all don’t like his fuckin’ character, stop listening to him & clicking on links that regard his name. Simple. At the end of the day, he is an alternative artist (not R&B, Hip-Hop, or whatever the fuck else y’all say he is); one of the best in the game right now. So stfu & stop complaining about non-important crap. It gets so annoying.

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  12. Miles

    OFWGKTA

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  13. Audrey Hepburn

    It seems like he is trying way too hard to be “cool.” Just yesterday he was acting out with those Odd Future clowns. Now he seems to think he’s James Taylor or Billy Joel. Pft! LOL. :)

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    Miles Reply:

    @Audrey Hepburn, he acts more himself with them because those are is best friends. he is one of those Odd Future clowns. he is in the group. But He just knows how to act around different people. He acts crazy around his friends, and he acts more civilized everywhere else. everyone chages their behavior in different enviorments

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  14. ja hERD

    Frank is a good artist so I will leave it there. I like the Nostalgia mixtape he did. Dude really has the chance to be a big star!

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  15. DRB

    He better get him some famous skin. That uneven, razor bump, blemish ridden, barely white teeth ain’t it

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  16. Moey

    Frank ocean is something else..wonderful songwriter n powerful vocalist..very few of em left..

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