So Frank Ocean is Gay, does it Matter?

Yesterday marked a monumental event. Amongst all of America’s patriotism and celebrating their 4th of July. One, Frank Ocean released a post on his personal Tumblr blog announced to the world that he is Gay.

Now we’ve blogged a few times about this exceptional artist – Frank Ocean and not that it is surprising that he is gay, but more the fact of the circumstances he finds himself in. Being Black and a Hip Hop artist. You know, the industry that derides ‘Niggas’ being gay, rumours of closet cases and having to rep your hood being held with a macho connotation.

Angry Black men would never be able to play down the ‘shame’ of being a hip hop star and being gay at the same time. Nigga you hard? Mainstream Hip Hop has mostly been very homophobic. Frank Ocean though, with so much at stake has decided now was the best day, the American Independence day to share his real persona with the world.

Whilst regarded as incredibly talented and edgy as a vocalist, writer and producer, having received unanimous acclaim from his peers, tastemakers and music enthusiasts alike, Ocean is yet to release his debut album proper. How the world will view him now will hinge on this very day.

Some reaction –

A landmark for black music

Uncle Russ’ praise Ocean

The first star of the hip-hop generation to come out of the closet.

Once thing is for sure, he has change Hip Hop and mainstream black culture for sure. It matters!



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