Frank Ocean finally sat down for his first proper interview since his final Def Jam ‘Endless’ album and his first independent album ‘Blonde’. He delved much into his state of mind and his whereabouts since his self imposed ‘exile’ dating back to 2013 just months after gracing the Grammys, MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) and touring the world.
”It started to weigh on me that I was responsible for the moves that had made me successful, but I wasn’t reaping the lion’s share of the profits, and that was problematic for me. I had, in the midst of all of this, this feeling of isolation. Within my circle, there was a lot of places I thought I could turn that I felt like I couldn’t turn to anymore.”
But what really shocked most of us all about the interview was his daunting admission that he intentionally didn’t submit his music for 2017 Grammy consideration. ‘Blonde’ was a sure contender for the prestigious ‘Album of The Year’ award after shooting straight to No. 1 spot on the Billboard and sits as the third biggest 2016 release preceded by ‘Lemonade- Beyonce’ and ‘Views- Drake’.
”I think the infrastructure of the awarding system and the nomination system and screening system is dated. I’d rather this be my Colin Kaepernick moment for the Grammys than sit there in the audience.”
Ocean who won two Grammys in 2013 pointed to the fact that only a few African Americans have ever won the Grammy Album of the Year award. Kanye West can now shelf his threat to boycott the Grammys if ‘Blonde’ is not nominated.