“The core message of my music is to encourage people to think differently about their relationships. Not just romantic relationships, but as people, period.” Frank Ocean.
Frank Ocean slopes into the lobby of The Kensington Hotel, a casual couple of hours late for his first ever UK interview. Dressed in a navy blue Supreme bobble hat, Supreme Snow White Oxford Shirt and carrying a backpack, he is exceptionally handsome and very, very sure of himself. Stepping back from his Odd Future shipmates, Frank struck gold last year flying solo, and is currently riding high on the wave of fame. His debut mixtape Nostalgia, Ultra, released in February 2011, met with critical acclaim, while his follow up singles Novacaneand Swim Good landed him pay checks equal to those earned by R’n’B royalty. Today, each and every one of his shows sells out in minutes. Earlier this year, Frank was awarded second place in the BBC’s Sound Of 2012 Poll, cementing his position as one of the most sought after singer/songwriters in the world right now. With his much-anticipated debut due this spring, Frank is set to go stratospheric. In The Royalty Issue, i-D Assistant Editor Milly McMahon took a ride with Frank around a South Kensington carousel, and fell in love…
Text: Milly McMahon
Photography: Todd Cole
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