During his recent trip to the UK, Frank Ocean stopped by BBC 1Xtra after his performance on Friday to talk about his upcoming album and why he's passing on a Kanye West collaboration.
“I’m a big fan. He’s a big influence on my music. I told him, ‘As much as I want to work with you, I kinda want to do this without you.’ I kinda want to do it on my own. I worked with one producer, who I found some really random synergy with, a producer named Malay out in L.A., and we worked for the first couple days and did some crazy feeling songs, like the Untitled #2 was the first or second song that we wrote together.”
Further delving into his upcoming new album, the reclusive crooner told:
"I wanted it to be an expansion, sonically I wanted to be the next, whatever the next tier for me is, be that. Just open up, challenging song structures, challenging a lot of the things I made on the last project. 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," Ocean said, "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?'""