Tyler, The Creator's absence from channel ORANGE didn't occur to me until this song leaked.
It turns out that "Golden Girl" will be on the physical copy of the album. Frank Ocean's debut album is projected to do over 100K for its first week sales.
You won't see Frank Ocean on the album cover anywhere. He even credited his dog as the executive producer. As much as Frank tried to not make himself the center of the album, it's impossible to separate the album from the conditions in which it was delivered to us.
First you surprised us by coming out. Now, instead of just trying to digest your music, we're all scrambling to understand you. After all, you can't understand the music without understanding the artist... right? This dynamic adds another variable into the equation of how your album will be judged. Some people may even get lost within it and lose sight of the music itself. But there's no doubt that you felt knowing that part about you was crucial to understanding the album's story.
As beautiful as this album is, it mainly revolves around the painful memory of rejection, and Frank makes it sound stunning. There's no doubt that Channel Orange is going to be met with even more acclaim than nostalgia, ULTRA. I've listened through it almost a dozen times and its impression continues to grow. Not only is Ocean quite possibly the most vocally sound singer that I've ever heard, he's an amazing poetic.
He makes heartbreak sound almost soothing.
Rumors started up a few days ago when someone stated there were lyrics in Frank Ocean's Channel Orange that were clearly in reference to being in love with a man. Last night he posted a photo of a note he wrote during a flight on his Tumblr which put rests to all of the speculation.
Homo/bisexuality is something that I don't think has been embraced in the world of R&B and Hip-Hop like it has in other sects. I can't imagine the courage that one must have to reveal something like this, but props to Frank.
In the letter below he explains falling in love for the first time with a man and how it still affects him to this date:
Get ready for your world to get rocked. Frank Ocean will release his next album through Def Jam titled Channel Orange on July 17, 2012. Listen to its first single "Pyramids", you'll need to set aside 10 minutes, make sure you make it to the 5:25 mark. You can check out his teaser video after the jump.