Frank Ocean: Channel Orange

Frank Ocean has a voice. A talented voice at that, and he definitely knows how to use it, creating stories through the records he releases. Check out his new record, "Channel Orange", where he manages to prove himself once again as a lyricist, vocalist and producer.

So if you haven’t heard the latest, it’s been a whirlwind week for Frank Ocean. The Odd Future singer/songwriter revealed his sexual orientation to the world, garnering support from some of the biggest names in the hip hop industry including Beyonce (see above photo), Def Jam Records co-founder Russell Simmons, along with his friend and fellow Odd Future member Tyler, the Creator, who often gets criticised for his controversial use of the word “faggot” in his lyrics.

Some are calling it a publicity stunt, due to the lead-up of his new record but whatever you believe, at least he took a risk and decided to reveal the truth. His sexuality does not change the fact that I am still a Frank Ocean fan. Good on him.

On top of that announcement though, he also released his new record, “Channel Orange”, a week earlier than the original planned date, and appeared live on The Jimmy Fallon show, making his television debut and performing the track, ‘Bad Religion’, with a little help from The Roots. Check out the performance below.

Stream the record over at his tumblr page and purchase the record via iTunes here.

In all honesty, I thought it would be hard for Ocean to top off his last record, “Nostalgia,Ultra”, which I still listen to on a regular basis, but this record is pretty damn good. Having it on repeat all night, quite a few tracks are quickly becoming my favourites on “Channel Orange”, including ‘Thinkin’ Bout You’, ‘Sweet Life’, ‘Super Rich Kids (featuring Earl Sweatshirt)’, ‘Bad Religion’, and ‘Forrest Gump’.