We all know the enigmatic Frank Ocean isn’t one for interviews unless it’s for his own zine publication.But i-D magazine was able to nab a exclusive visual essay for their Winter 2017 Sounding Off issue exclusively with Ocean. Which also includes an interview with Kendrick Lamar.
In the brief yet personal letter, which comes complete with 32 pages of never-before-seen photos, Frank reflects on his incredible festival run this summer, his 20s (he turns 30 on Saturday) and the Szechaun sauce craze. The best part? “If you liked two thousand and seventeen then you’ll love two thousand and eighteen,” Frank Ocean writes.
Read Frank’s essay below and check out his full i-D photo shoot here.
“You can answer a lot of questions with ‘Yes.’ But you can answer many more with ‘No.’ No is run of the mill. Yes is a gem. Whenever I feel alone I watch live television, something about it being okay on their end makes it okay on mine. Onstage one in-ear is my mic feed and the other one is a Tim Ferriss podcast. I go long periods without talking but I raise my voice when the people on the phone are in loud places. I’ve never given my fans nicknames because the ones I think of are embarrassing. I’m world famous. I had peace in my twenties. Big Pharrell praying hands those weren’t mutually exclusive. If you want to make your 30s sound appealing just mention ‘sexual prime.’ Re: the photos… as Karl Lagerfeld would say they ‘came to me in a dream.’ Summer two thousand and seventeen. We leaned into it. Bananaberry flavored candies at the bottom of the cup. I’ll never know why or what’s with campouts for Szechuan sauce at McDonalds. But I’m way into it. Issa Dreamworld. If you liked two thousand and seventeen then you’ll love two thousand and eighteen.”
– Frank Ocean