Chuck D claims Frank Ocean’s sexuality statement isn’t a hip-hop first
Public Enemy rapper Chuck D has claimed that Frank Ocean’s admittance that his first true love was a man isn’t the hip-hop breakthrough that many people are suggesting.
The Odd Future star opened up about his sexuality in a post on his Tumblr blog earlier this week, but speaking to NME, the 51-year-old said that Ocean’s confession won’t make much of an impact on the hip-hop world because he’s not a hardcore rapper:
"I've always thought of Frank Ocean as an R&B singer... When people say that this is a hip-hop first, it's not really because he's not a straight rapper – no pun intended. He may be part of Odd Future, but he's a singer.
"I commend Frank Ocean for coming out and saying it, but it's not a first because there's plenty of black male gay singers. Even when they don't admit it, you kind of know. If you heard somebody like… I don't want to say a name, because people will talk… but like somebody in the Wu-Tang Clan or something, if they came out then that would be groundbreaking. That would be totally challenging."
The rap pioneer, who yesterday performed with the rest of his band at Poland’s Open’er Festival, went on to advise Ocean to draw from his experiences in his music:
“My thing is that there are so many people who are fronting not to be themselves. The whole key is that whatever Frank Ocean said, at least he was being real with it. The next thing is to sing about it. Write songs about it. Don't say 'OK, this is who I am but I’m going to sing about something else'. That’s the challenge."
Watch Sound of 2012 runner-up Frank Ocean talk to the BBC below:
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