Frank Ocean Says Prince Made Him Feel More Comfortable With His Sexuality

(AllHipHop News) The condolences from celebrities for the legendary entertainer Prince have been rolling in ever since the announcement of his passing on Thursday. Frank Ocean was one of the musicians to offer his thoughts about the late Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductee. The channel ORANGE album creator eulogized Prince in a Tumblr post.

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While admitting he never met Prince, Ocean stated the “Purple Rain” singer influenced him musically and in other ways. In particular, Ocean praised Prince for playing a part in giving him the courage to embrace his sexuality. He also acknowledged the pop culture icon for taking a stand against the corporate music structure for the betterment of artists’ rights.

Ocean wrote in part:

He was a straight Black man who played his first televised set in bikini bottoms and knee high heeled boots, epic. He made me feel more comfortable with how I identify sexually simply by his display of freedom from and irreverence for obviously archaic ideas like gender conformity etc. He moved me to be more daring and intuitive with my own work by his demonstration – his denial of the prevailing model… His fight for his intellectual property – ‘slave’ written across the forehead, name changed to a symbol… an all out rebellion against exploitation. A vanguard and genius by every metric I know of who affected many in a way that will outrun oblivion for a long while. I’m proud to be a Prince fan(stan) for life.

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