Whatever you do, do not call Frank Ocean an R&B singer. The 24-year-old singer-songwriter is featured in the December 2011 issue of the Italian publication, L’Uomo Vogue. With his shots done by none other than Nabil Elderkin (who also directed his “Swim Good” music video), Mr. Ocean spoke candidly on being labeled an R&B singer, how it felt to change his legal birth name and how things will change once he’s elected president (yes, the President of the United States):
On being labeled an R&B artist:
“I’ll usually cringe at the R&B label. Because it’s like calling it urban…and what the fuck is urban music?”
On the state of politics today:
“My generation just doesn’t have the best taste in leadership. And weak leadership means little to no cohesion. If there’s no cohesion, there’s no real chance for effective protest or politics. Obviously, looking at Occupy Wall Street, there are a few in our bunch who still give a damn enough to rally and shout. This will change once I’m elected President.” [Source]
Frank has also been named GQ magazine’s ‘Rookie of the Year’ (VIEW POST).