Frank Ocean: ‘Channel Orange might be my last album’

Grammy nominated gay singer says he is considering quitting the music industry and writing a novel next year

Frank Ocean: ‘Channel Orange might be my last album’
16 December 2012

Gay artist Frank Ocean has said the critically acclaimed album ‘Channel Orange’ might be his last.

The ‘Pyramids’ singer says he finds storytelling so interesting, he is considering quitting music and writing a novel.

Speaking to The Guardian, he said: ‘Some people focus more on sonics. Some people focus more on story. I focus on both sonics and story. But storytelling’s a different thing.

‘It’s the more interesting part about making music for me, or making albums and songs and stuff.

‘So much so that I might not make another album. I might just write a novel next. I don’t know!’

When asked whether the album would really be his last, Ocean explained he did not like to predict what he will be doing next.

‘It could be it, if I flew next week and my plane crashed! It could be it, if somebody walked along and shot me for my bracelet or something. It could always be it,’ he said.

Ocean added: ‘The idea of recognizing your strengths and using them in as versatile a way as you can is cool to me. I don’t ever want to be caught up in a system of thinking I can do one thing coz that’s just…that’s just telling yourself a lie.

‘This isn’t a faux retirement. It’s no bullshit. I was just making music yesterday.

‘But I do think it would be fucking legendary if I just made ‘Channel Orange’ last year, then put out a best-selling novel next year, then, you know, designed an arena in Stockholm in 2014!’

In July, Ocean shocked the world of rap when he became the most high profile artist to come out as gay.

As well as coming top on many ‘best album’ lists of 2012, ‘Channel Orange’ has been nominated for Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards 2013.

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