In a lengthy New York Times Magazine profile, Frank Ocean remains as enigmatic as ever, but we do get a glimpse into his eccentric mind. The Odd Future singer is nominated in six categories for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards this coming Sunday, but it looks like he hasn’t let any of it get to his head. Check out 4 quick things we learned from the story:
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He’s heading to Shanghai after the Grammys
Because he wants to pen records “in remote locations for the next two years,” he says.
He’s started writing that novel he was talking about
“I’ve started writing the book. You can say that. It’s fiction, and it’s about brothers. That’s all I’m going to say.”
After Nostalgia, Ultra took off, Frank’s team asked for more money from Def Jam
According to Barry Weiss, chairman and chief executive of Island Def Jam: “Frank was so bullish and so optimistic and so confident about the album that he was creating that he had his representatives call us up and say that he deserves a lot more money. I don’t believe that I had actually heard anything at that point. But we did something atypical, that most labels I don’t think would do. We stepped up. We wrote the check. Virtually album-unheard, sight-unseen, we believed so much in this guy that we actually wrote the check.”
He used old movie posters for inspiration while recording Channel Orange
Times writer Jeff Himmelman: For mood they sometimes had an old movie playing in the background with no sound, and in later stages Ocean put up posters of Pink Floyd and Bruce Lee for inspiration.
Read the full Frank Ocean profile at New York Times.