Frank Ocean Not Looking for Kanye West’s Help on Second Album
After Frank Ocean finishes his mini-tour this week, he go into the studio to flesh out the music he wants to create for his untitled second album. "The record is written, we're just trying to tie up all the production. Get everything sonically pleasing to me," he told BBC 1xtra's Zane Lowe (via Billboard) about the album.
After teaming up with Jay-Z and Kanye West on the heartfelt rap ballad 'Made in America' for the duo's 'Watch the Throne' album, you would think Ocean would enlist Yeezy for some production assistance. But the Odd Future crooner says he doesn't want help from the established hit-maker. "As much as I want to work with [him] … I kind of want to do this without [him]," he says. "I kind of want this to be done without [Kanye]. I kind of want to do it on my own."
The 24-year-old singer-songwriter also plans to expand his sound to different types of music in an effort to avoid being pigeonholed to one specific genre or sound. "When I say the whole 'I'm not an R&B artist' thing, people often think I'm taking a shot at the genre of R&B," he explains. "Which to me I'll say, 'Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, D'Angelo, who is awesome, I mean what is Prince? What are all of them?'"
We have to say they are all true artists in their own special way. We wish Ocean the best of luck on his new project.