Frank Ocean Makes TV Debut on ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’ [Video]

Frank Ocean

With all the buzz surrounding his music and personal life, Frank Ocean made his television debut on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” on Monday night.

To celebrate the release of his Def Jam debut channel ORANGE, which dropped a week early on iTunes (stream it here), the acclaimed singer-songwriter was joined by The Roots and a string section as he performed “Bad Religion,” one of the cuts on the album that sparked rumors about his sexuality.

“It’s a it’s a bad religion/ To be in love with/ Someone who could never love you/ Only bad only bad religion/ Could have me feeling the way I do,” sings the Odd Future crooner, who will kick off his North American tour on July 13 in Seattle.



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112 Comments

  1. T

    amazing!

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    hate revolver Reply:

    @T, Girls are going to make their boyfriends like to frank ocean or they ain’t getting no pussy.

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    Chile Reply:

    @T, the words were dope…he can’t sing though

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    T Reply:

    @Chile, stop trying to start, he clearly can sing!cGROW UP

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  2. Losephhh

    i’m in tears. he really delivered with this album. *continues to listen to #channelORANGE*

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  3. White Boy

    Dope… kinda like this kush im on right now

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    Cornell_Antwoin Reply:

    @White Boy, Hell yea…I got high and listened to the album too

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    cletis Reply:

    @White Boy, lmao random af swag

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  4. BLUE IVY

    amazing!!

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  5. Ms.RicanBoo

    Ugh!!! Amazing. Frank is AMAZING!!!

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  6. t

    amazing

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  7. MmmHmm

    I’ve been following Frank & all of ODDFUTURE for a long time, & I applaud what he did, but I don’t know if Straight men can relate to his music like they use for example Bad Religion, i dont see str8 men relating to it…idk…what do you guys think?

    But, he is still good!

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    Tbozfan10 Reply:

    @MmmHmm, I really don’t see why not.

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    georgia23 Reply:

    @MmmHmm, I’m straight and this song is actually ALOT like what I’m going through with friend of mine… We’re just in a weird spot between dating and friendship and I grow tired of trying to make her love me the way I love her. It’s not a good feeling and it’s hard to just put it all out there. It’s like exposing all your secrets, wants and needs on a whim with no reciprocity. So… I’m gonna still sing it and I’ll just switch the him for her. lol

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    Speechless Reply:

    @georgia23, brilliant comment!!!

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    lol Reply:

    @MmmHmm, u see girls listening to guys singing bout pussy so why not

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  8. INCAS

    Incredible. Channel Orange soo good

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  9. Lauren

    Frank Ocean is nothing short of phenomenal.

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  10. Morgan

    He is AMAZING!

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  11. Jake

    This dude is the future.

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  12. Ramon

    My nigga killed this!

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    King Dro Reply:

    @Ramon, Perfect album. Alahu akbar means “God is greater” Frank retorts with “Don’t curse me” meaning that “Frank” in the song doesn’t understand it’s meaning. It has a touch of ignorance but frank knows the meaning and this ignorance is put in the song on purpose

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  13. Rah

    dudes a talent, but why is he putting a whole religion on blast? Who’s he to say Islam is a bad religion … doesn’t even sound like there’s a deeper meaning…sounds pretty damn literal if you ask me …homeboy just lost a fan :/

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    minto Reply:

    @Rah, you didnt understand the lyrics and i dont have time to explain to you. But im sure someone on hear will, but till then reread the lyrics and replay the song

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    ty Reply:

    @Rah, excuse my language, but your a fucking idiot

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    Yasmine Reply:

    @Rah, Oh my goodness….LISTEN to the song AGAIN!

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    Rah Reply:

    @Yasmine, or anyone for that matter, help me out? i don’t consider myself a hater but this ones going way above my head

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    Brandon Reply:

    @Rah, the song isn’t about religion. i think the line you’re stuck on is the “if it brings me on my knees” ?? – the song is about how dreadful unrequited love is. ha, that’s pretty much all there is to it.

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    Rah Reply:

    @Brandon, thanks for the explanation bruhh, but naming a song “Bad Religion” and using terms such as “Allahu Ahkbar” cut it real close…hopefully he speaks out on it because i’m not trying to miss out on the Album of the Year

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    Che Reply:

    @Rah, well if your stuck on a religious reference in a song about love and you’re unable to look deeper beyond said reference then you’ll truly be “missing out” and I don’t Frank has any reason to speak on it.

    Rasan8250 Reply:

    @Rah, I think it’s something of a play on words, like when people say “they do things religiously”. Also I am just assuming Sometimes when people are religious about something, whether it is actual religion or just something they have strong belief in they can’t see the reality of things because it kinda clouds their judgement on certain things. Not Knocking you man, I can understand the misconception.

    Yasmine Reply:

    @Rah, Brandon pretty much summed it up.

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    Ramon Reply:

    @Rah, What are you smoking and where can I get some of it? You took it the wrong way dude.

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    Love for Him gdness Reply:

    @Rah, U don’t seem to be smart Go back to school And Get a good education for yourself or else U must be Really Slow smoking on that High Thing Dumbie slow dude, go eat some Cookie & read a book

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    Rah Reply:

    @Love for Him gdness, lawl to easy … but to everyone else thanks for the clarifications! I’ll try this again with an open mind lol

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    Music Reply:

    @Love for Him gdness, you guys needa stop hating. @Rah just looking for some clarification lol. take it easy

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  14. ERICA

    i think ive died and went to live auditory heaven

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  15. Kennedy

    Jimmy Fallon was happy as hell the ENTIRE show lmao…. Frank Ocean, my mans! You did that, brotha!

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    Kathy Reply:

    @Kennedy, is he usually like that? I saw it too

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    Kennedy Reply:

    @Kathy, Fallon came to my university with Obama in the spring of this year and he was pretty hype during THAT taping, but nothing like this one

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  16. Sharp Tongue

    Good job Frank he has great music.

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  17. Chet

    That performance was everything. Bisexual, green, purple, I don’t care, if you make beautiful music I will always support. I just downloaded his album off Itunes and I’m gonna let it ride out until I fall asleep.

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  18. abby

    wow :D

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  19. dlksa

    perfect

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  20. Miles

    channel ORANGE was amazing. R&B album of the year without a doubt. But i won’t be buying it till next week. I want the physical copy. He is great live too

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    @4everlawayne Reply:

    @Miles, I got it off of iTunes and I’m gettin the physical Tuesday!

    YesSs!!!

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  21. boom boom

    I j

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  22. Orange Juice

    I love frank ocean as a song writer but he can’t sing. The game really miss real vocalist.
    I’m also dispointed that he choses to sing a song about being attracted to men. He is using his sexuality for publicity purpose which is sad.
    I just wished he would let everybody focus on his talent as a songwriter instead.

    But please Frank take singing lessons because those live vocals were HORRIBLE

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    DRB Reply:

    @Orange Juice, Umm the same way all other writers write about what they know and who they love. Just cause it makes you uncomfortable doesn’t make it fake.

    Anyway, I do wish he had a stronger voice but he works with what he has.

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    Brett Reply:

    @DRB, THANK YOU.

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    Orange Juice Reply:

    @DRB, If this whole coming out stuff isn’t publicity stunt why did he rushed the album release then?

    Frank is a talented songwriter. Nobody can’t deny it but right now he is a sold out talented songwriter.
    and just because he isn’t a good vocalist doesn’t mean he can’t work on his vocals. It was terrible. At least he isn’t lipsyching in contrary to CB but he could use more autotune just like in studio

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    DRB Reply:

    @Orange Juice, He had to come out. The lyrics tell the story, otherwise it’d be an ongoing rumor mill which is more distracting. I’ll get annoyed if he starts doing tv interveiws and that’s all they talk about- in the same why I get annoyed when artists talk about their weight loss, latest product, or significant other instead of promoting their music.

    Why push up the album- if you hadn’t noticed, he’s not playing by industry 101 rules. He drops stuff randomly, he put out a 10 minute long first single with no video, he has no other promo stops that I’m aware of. Secondly, Def Jam shouldn’t have put him and Nas on the 17th. Plus, it’s better to do it now than wait for it to leak in a few days (which everybody on twitter is bootlegging it anyway, smh). And finally, he’s a new artist with no big radio hit or promo budget so it really doesn’t matter that much.

    Personally, I was going to buy this album before he broke the news. I don’t care if he’s gay or bi, or anything else. I respect his art and that’s why I bought this album the minute I saw it was available on iTunes.

    He’s not Luther Vandross, Donny Hathaway or even Stevie Wonder but that doesn’t mean he shouldn’t be making music or standing behind a booth and letting others take his ideas.

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    dlksa Reply:

    @Orange Juice, oh……….

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    Frankie Reply:

    @Orange Juice, Horrible vocals? My, oh my.

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    TheOnlyOne Reply:

    @Orange Juice, I loved his vocals in this, they sounded raw, you could feel what he was singing about.
    I do think he may be using his coming out as a little bit of a publicity thing, but so what? It’s more authentic than Lady GaGa and her weird ass dresses.
    He is the future.

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    Tbozfan10 Reply:

    @Orange Juice, Omg just shut up. You’re just a stupid bigot trying to think of a reason not to like him.

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    ladyrt23 Reply:

    @Orange Juice, OMG!!! u’ve partially read my mind. Im trying so hard to like his new album but i can’t get pass those nasal vocals. Tried to get into his Jimmy Fallon’s performance but i wasn’t impressed.

    Overall, if it doesn’t reach me, i wish him much success. Its been a long time coming for him. But for some of u “Thinking About Forever” fans, he’s not repping R&B so u can forget about that.

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    yeetv Reply:

    @Orange Juice, gather facts before stating an opinion. he didnt come out to sell. the coming out letter was going to be in his thank you’s for the album. thats from the horses mouth. the word got out after his listening party. so once the rumors began to swirl he just put out the letter. since its the talk of the town anyway he and the label released it early. there is a clear difference between strategy and capitalizing on an opportunity.

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  23. Victoria

    I love Frank and his performance was truly beautiful. BUT, if anyone had told me he would have performed this instead of “Sweet Life,” I’d never have believed it.

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    Orange Juice Reply:

    @Victoria, he is doing this for publicity. I’m so disapointed in Frank; I thought he was just being genuine when in reality he just wanted publicity for his album release.
    Nice marketing strategy but he is a sellout in my eyes.

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    DRB Reply:

    @Orange Juice, It’s a song on his album. A damn good one and a highlight of the album. Therefor, he has the right to perform it.

    To me, he’s the definition of a musical artist right and that includes doing what he wants and not being obligated to appease everyone.

    Btw, technically, anyone on a label is a sellout. Very few want to sing in cafes and on subway platforms for dollars. To narrow the scope of a sellout, he isn’t his label’s puppet by any stretch of the imagination.

    I just can’t fathom how performing his song is the move of a sellout. Is he just supposed to right love songs?

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    Victoria Reply:

    @Orange Juice, You know … just for the record … I was not shading Frank over his song choice. It’s just that “Sweet Love” has simmering in people’s minds for a few days.

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  24. Love for Him gdness

    Amazing performance

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  25. .

    Fuck this faggot !! All one PR stunt I guess now… Listen to real r&b like Chris brown. Cop that FORTUNE album

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    Arister Reply:

    @., I’m one of Chris Brown’s loyal fans, but to come back to your comment too bad it didn’t sell like was expected ( I def purchased my album) still even if it was a PR stunt guess what musicians are hustlers… music is just not selling, Chris breezy and Rihanna was said to be a stunt, Blue Ivy and so forth… so my point is simple STOP HATING

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    georgia23 Reply:

    @., I’m sorry… Did you just say “real” R&B like Chris Brown? I don’t dislike Chris Brown but I would not categorize him as “real” R&B. I don’t know any man who would WANT to categorize himself as bi or gay to sell an album if it’s not who they are. Who wants to deal with people like yourself all day, every day? Anyway, don’t judge because you aren’t any better than he is.

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    Morgan Reply:

    @., CLEARLY you enjoy this “faggot’s” music … that’s why you are on this page. Hypocrite. And…I’m sorry, Chris Brown is REAL R&B? As a CB fan…NIGGA PLEASE! Chris does damn near EVERY genre nowadays…

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  26. THINK

    the song in brief talks about Frank being attracted to another man WHILE battling the fact that his religion does not accept homosexuality. religion is the reason why the other man could neva love him and also the other dude had a girlfriend (read his letter on tumblr)he is struggling to balance the lives he lives which i thought was his sexuality, music and religion and they all seem to conflict because of his secret. i feel as though he has respect for his religion BUT he cannot help who he loves. this is just what i got from it…

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  27. THINK

    anyone thinking that this is for publicity is a dumb ass. who would do that when homosexuality is so taboo and looked down upon by so many people? seriously. can he not be honest. rumors went around, he let his music talk. this was the confirmation. not like he came on stage with a rainbow flag and a wig. get real

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    Not blind Reply:

    @THINK, maybe puclicity was not the purpose but lets be honest and look the popularity and buzz he gain in one week. It’s all about his coming out. No one care about his intimate life. A lot of artiste dont answer to rumor, it’s sad he didn’t just act like them

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    THINK Reply:

    @Not blind, frank ocean BEEN had a huge buzz about him to begin with. why would he want to act like everyone else? is he not a individual? if he put it in his music then clearly this is something that affected him because he felt like he was living 3 lives.and you comment makes not a lot of sense cuz you said no one cares about his personal life.. dont some of the best artist write from experience? Adele for example HELLO

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  28. Lea

    How ironic … I was just thinking today when he would release album snippets and now I’ve heard the entire album. It is ASTOUNDING and so is this performance. SO VERY HARD to pick a favorite song on c.O. I cannot wait to buy a physical copy for my Jeep.

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  29. Lisa

    So,his talking about a man in this song?

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  30. truth

    f.a.g.g.i.t.

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    Adrian Reply:

    @truth, If you’re gonna come for someone with more talent than you can ever hope to have, at least spell the slur correctly.

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    truth Reply:

    @Adrian, my bad!-> f.a.g.g.o.t.

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    TheOnlyOne Reply:

    @truth, A ‘faggot’ is probably going to be employing you one day. Good luck with that.

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    TheOnlyOne Reply:

    @truth, a ‘f***** is probably going to be employing you one day. Good luck with that.

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    truth Reply:

    @TheOnlyOne, maybe ur right. makes me wonder wtf this world is coming too…

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  31. MEEET

    I am in love with this man. RapUp thanks for posting because I missed it… Got my copy off iTunes. Getting another next week.

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  32. Jordan Gabriel

    AMEN.

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  33. Kadafi

    well well well the wait is finally over brilliant song writer not too bad a singer too, i think the whole coming out is going to give his sales a boost look at lady gaga’s GAY followers they eat up her sh!t however alot of guy will not be listening to his music as they will feel shy to as that might make them GAY :-| our world is as fcktup as ever but i think we as a whole are accepting everybodies sexuality pref.

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  34. TheDreamer

    Great performance. Just finished listening to Channel Orange, it is a phenomenal album. Got to be one of the best albums of the year.

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  35. Erin

    wow just beautiful

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  36. demandalbum4rmandre3k

    Pink matter! Fuk yeah beautiful, love the slow guitar n they both kill it

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  37. J

    I don’t see how straight men can listen to thinking of you or much of the album knowing it is likely about another guy. I’m not judging but this is too different from how he came out and what odd future talks about on record. Maybe this happens more than I know and again not judging but for me as a straight guy I don’t want to have music I listen to not to mesh with me as a person. I can’t relate and feel lied to on some level. I’m not cutting just frank bc I think that would be wrong but in cutting all of odd future. I still think all will be successful probably but this subject matter isn’t what I relate to in music. I don’t watch guy guy adult films I think of it te same way, to each their own.

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    Miles Reply:

    @J, Well your opionion is respectful. but most of the album isn’t about men. its mostly about woman(he said he was bi). And like i said I repect your opinion but their are many artist in the industry who are in the closet. Ice-T, Game, and Nas have all said themselves that they have seen and worked with many artist that hide their sexuality and act like a completely different person when not in the spot light. Game even said he could name a few rappers that on the top now that no one would ever guess to be in the closet. I would feel more lied to and uncomfortable listening to the Closet homosexuals who act hard and like thugs, than the humble guy who is honest about who he is.

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    J Reply:

    @Miles, That’s why I respect kanye most of all. I feel the honesty and more people defend Joe Paterno than kanye. I can relate to needless hate or being passed over then making it but not for being gay or bi. Being bi isn’t possible to me but again to each their own. I like wiz bc he raps about what he doing, I don’t think either are gay but if they I couldn’t vibe with them either. I don’t listen to Rick Ross for not being honest and I am not sure how many rappers are actually gay. Even Frank didn’t come out as full gay, which he is. I think Tyler calling Bruno mars a faggot should be looked at when people universally praise frank. He allowed his group to hate on his people say he would stab Bruno mars. Why not speak up then? Frank isn’t that brave either

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    Kalin Reply:

    @J, How do you know Frank is “full gay?” Are the rest of us missing something here?

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    DenimJunkieKidd Reply:

    @J, I respect the fact that you stated your opinion without being harsh or rude. My question to you is this, so should gay people not listen to straight songs? I feel it is not the sexuality you are suppose to connect with, but the emotions but that’s just my opinion….like you said to each their own

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  38. Liiinda

    Frank Ocean can’t sing? What video were y’all watching? Surely not this one. This man is a gem. He’s something special. This talent he has is truly a blessing. This was amazing, 5 stars.

    I love you still Frank!

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    Aprizl Simpxz Reply:

    @Liiinda, bitch shut up

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    Jake Reply:

    @Liiinda, That’s right!

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  39. cape-dutch

    This guy inspires me.im w8tin 4 the weeknd 2 say hes bisexual 2

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  40. lexx_janay

    i cant wait til he comes to dallas!!! im so ready for this tour

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    @4everlawayne Reply:

    @lexx_janay, Wow me too!!
    I’m driving from Amarillo to dallas

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  41. georgia23

    I like his vocals. They’re very raw and untouched and that rings as honesty to me. He does not sound one way on the record and totally different live. I can get down with that. As someone who sings and listens to LOTS of singers, this dude is good right where he’s at. He’s not trying to sing like anyone else or do what other people are doing. His music takes me back to the old days where gimmicks and commercializing music didn’t matter but MUSIC WAS the “It” factor. As for the subject matter, I don’t think he’s using his sexuality as a gimmick because “Pyramids”, “Nature Feels” and other songs by him CLEARLY reference relations with women, so that excuse won’t work. Just say you don’t agree or like it and keep it moving. But don’t let that be the reason you miss out on a great artist.

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    RealIssh Reply:

    @georgia23, I agree , he’s just be open & honest . Songs like “Songs For Women” show that he is a sexual person rather than just being a “bi” sexual or gay man .

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  42. J

    That’s why I respect kanye most of all. I feel the honesty and more people defend Joe Paterno than kanye. I can relate to needless hate or being passed over then making it but not for being gay or bi. Being bi isn’t possible to me but again to each their own. I like wiz bc he raps about what he doing, I don’t think either are gay but if they I couldn’t vibe with them either. I don’t listen to Rick Ross for not being honest and I am not sure how many rappers are actually gay. Even Frank didn’t come out as full gay, which he is. I think Tyler calling Bruno mars a faggot should be looked at when people universally praise frank. He allowed his group to hate on his people say he would stab Bruno mars. Why not speak up then? Frank isn’t that brave either

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  43. Marc

    He changed the game with this performance alone. The album will win album of the year at least in the R&B cateogory. His music transcends his sexuality and that will do wonders for EVERYONE’s feelings on the subject

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  44. Aprizl Simpxz

    Amazing performance

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  45. tooreal

    this was an amazing performance his voice was on point… you killed this frank and you should just like the studio version…EPIC…

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  46. Sandra

    Frank ocean is such an amazing singer and ever since he came out I feel as thought I respect him even more then I did before because he choose to be real and loose fans and albums sales to be genuine with himself, his fans and his lover and what’s more commendable than that? It’s sad that we live in a world where everyone judge another and who are they too judge? They are not God. In the end we will all have to face our creator with our hearts, mistakes and sins and he will judge us.

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  47. Felipe

    This guy is pure talent

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  48. F U

    I THINK ITS CRAZY HOW SOME PEOPLE DECIDED TO DISLIKE FRANK OCEAN BECAUSE OF HIS HONESTY TO HIMSELF AND OTHERS. MOST PEOPLE IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY ARE SEXUALLY UNINHIBITED BUT PRETEND TO BE SOMEONE ELSE FOR THEIR BRAND “IMAGE”. IM ACTUALLY MORE OF A FAN NOW. LOVE IS LOVE AND I RESPECT HIS TRANSPARENCY THROUGH HIS MUSIC.

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  49. mus

    Frank Ocean needs to work on his stage presence.!

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  50. Marc

    How can you say a straight man can’t listen to a gay dudes music because it’s about a dude. So all those Rihanna and pop songs by girls about dudes that dudes def be jammin to are different? What about girls listening to Justin Timberlake sing about a girl? DUMB

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  51. Hugh

    Love it

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  52. An0thrDream

    Im glad Frank Ocean admitted his truth and kept it real as a human being. I admire him so much more as an artist for being honest and laying hiself on the line to give us some REAL HONEST ART – just bought his album and he’s incredible! If he keeps being honest, real, true, and artistic he will be an icon

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  53. LOVE

    i actually cried. GOD I love Frank Ocean so much.

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  54. ondareal

    this guys so talented man fuck the hataz

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  55. SRSR

    The taxi driver speaks Arabic, and he probably is of an Islamic background — the phrase “Allahu Akbar” is a Muslim prayer, “God is Great”.

    The taxi driver says ‘god is great’ in a way to end the ongoing conversation between him and Frank Ocean, but perhaps also because he is genuinely concerned for Frank and doesn’t know any other way to help him. Frank Ocean says ‘don’t curse me’ perhaps because he doesn’t understand that this is a prayer.. or because he has decided some religion is “bad”, non-productive. He might suspect the driver uses Allah as a shield against this emotional wreck no taxi driver wants to deal with. But the taxi driver tells him he ‘needs prayer’ — it might be the most helpful thing for Frank at that moment

    Anyway, for Frank to be raised as a person who believes in God is hard to deal with the situation of a religion that he can’t be accepted for who he is. “It’s a bad religion
    To be in love with someone Who could never love you” concluded that he is gay and god doesnt allow that. Thats why he says (I think) its a bad religion. Its not specific one religion.
    And also he says: I can never make him love me
    Never make him love me.. The meaning of that is that he loves god but god will never love him back cuz he’s gay what also concludes his thoughts of a bad religion. I think its deep but also quite easy to understand. Cuz who wants to believe in something what doesnt believe in him. Thats his whole struggle of being gay.

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