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Welcome Out, Frank Ocean

Jim Burroway

July 5th, 2012

Frank Ocean, the R&B singer whose critically-acclaimed album self-released nostalgia, ULTRA was named as among the best of 2011, announced on his Tumblr page Tuesday that his first love, at the age of nineteen, was with a man:

In the last year or 3 I’ve screamed at my creator, screamed at clouds in the sky, for some explanation. Mercy maybe. For peace of mind to rain like manna somehow. 4 summers ago, I met somebody. I Was 19 years old. He was too. We spent that summer, and the summer after, together, everyday almost. And on the days we were together, time would glide. Most of the day I’d see him, and his smile. I’d hear his conversation and h is silence..until it was time to sleep. Sleep I would often share with him. By the time I realized I was in love, it was malignant. It was hopeless. There was not escaping, no negotiating with the feeling. No choice. It was my first love. It changed my life.

Ocean is part of the hip-hop collective Odd Future, and he was featured on Jay-Z and Kanye West’s album “Watch the Throne.” He finished in second place in the BBC’s Sound of 2012 poll. Tyler the Creator, another member of Odd Future, took to Twitter to congratulate his fellow artist. This is significant since Tyler the Creator has his own problems with homophobia, with his album Goblet repeating the word “faggot” or other anti-gay variants 213 times. Ocean’s first studio album, Channel Orange is due to be released on July 17.