LEAVE FRANK OCEAN ALONE: On Artists Who Are Sensitive About Their Sh*t

frank ocean

Listen up, this is a PSA.

Frank ain’t never did nothing to nobody—including release his second album. Shade aside, this is a public service announcement requesting that all parties pressing for Frank’s next album please chill.

See below for details.

To confirm, you don’t own Frank Ocean. You don’t own any artist. Yes, the sweet sounds of Frank might give you life, they may have even been your saving grace. Art can have that effect on a person. But don’t forget, behind every piece of great art is an actual factual human being. That’s it and that’s all.


Erykah Badu said it best. Frank’s an artist and he’s (probably) sensitive about his shit. Every artist knows the more of yourself you put into your work, the better it is. That doesn’t come without emotional labor. Now pair that with the pressure of celebrity and possible need for perfection (let’s just say Ocean is a perfectionist in this scenario). Shit hard.

I too am a sensitive artist. I have projects I’ve been working on for years, yes years, that still won’t see the light of day for maybe a few more. Luckily I have just a handful of people instead of millions asking about my work, but that doesn’t mean I don’t feel the pressure. Even artists who may keep their work a secret will still feel the pressure from themselves. We don’t need your help. Frank Ocean is just like you, me and everyone else. He don’t need you help, either.

Artists have many reasons for creating and I won’t try to decide Ocean’s but one thing is always clear—we want to share our work with you. Seriously, what is art if not meant to be seen, heard and felt by others? There’s no doubt that he wants to share his art with you, too. Meanwhile, let Frank Ocean live.

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