I’ve always believed that rap was sort of the final frontier when it comes to homosexuality — that given the culture of misogyny and homophobia so prevalent in rap, it would be an amazing and powerful statement to have a gay emcee go public. And so it is, with Odd Future collective member Frank Ocean, who, this weekend on his blog, recounted the painful memories of his first love, a close male friend:
I was 19 years old. He was too. We spent that summer, and the summer after, together. Everyday almost. And on the days we were together, time would glide. Most of the day I’d see him, and his smile. I’d here his conversation and his silence…until it was time to sleep, sleep I would often share with him. By the time I realized I was in love, it was malignant. It was hopeless.
Ocean later goes on to recount how he confessed his feelings to his friend:
I sat there and told my friend how I felt. I wept as the words left my mouth. I grieved for them, knowing I could never take them back for myself. He patted my back. He said kind things. He did his best, but he wouldn’t admit the same.
Ocean’s band mate Tyler the Creator — who has been accused of homophobia in the past — showed his support of his bandmate via Twitter, writing “”F**king Finally Sus Boy @frank_ocean Hahahaha, You Still Aint Got No Bitches Hahaha My N***a Dawg” and followed it up with “My Big Brother Finally F***ing Did That. Proud Of That N***a Cause I Know That S**t Is Difficult Or Whatever.”
The singer’s latest release, “Channel Orange,” allegedly has several songs on it that allude to his sexual orientation. [Huffington Post]