Frank Ocean Says ‘Channel Orange’ May Be His Last Album

The philosophy of "going out while you're on top" has been exercised by a number of memorable athletes and musicians, and according to Frank Ocean's recent interview The Guardian, it looks like the Odd Future crooner may the next to implement this strategy. Having received six nominations at the upcoming 55th Annual Grammy Awards, Frank says that his debut album Channel Orange may be his last. You can read a few excerpts down below, and for the full interview be sure to click here.

I'd like to talk about your lyrics. You seem to work in a very cinematic way.

Whenever I think about movies, I always look at that art process as having the best of a lot of worlds. Because if you watch a great film, you have a musical element to it, not just on the scoring, but in the way that the shots are edited – that has music and rhythm and time.

Obviously the cinematography of films is art, just as a still shot can be art. If I'm watching a Wes Anderson movie, the colour palettes alone, and the way they're painted, could be art. With music you're a little bit limited, of course, because it's only audio. Apart from the artwork and the music videos, if you can get the label to give you money for shit like that, or if you can do it yourself. But the storytelling, that's where you can really paint pictures. You can't do it with a melody or a sound or a rhythm or a chord progression. The storytelling part of it is the most interesting and challenging part of the whole process for me.

That's quite unusual. A lot of people don't take care over their lyrics like that.

I don't think that's true. A lot of people do. That's a real – what's the word? – a strength, a focus rather, of a lot of contemporary musicians. But you're right. Some people focus more on sonics. Some people focus more on story. I focus on both sonics and story, but music sometimes, just music itself, can turn into more of a maths problem. I guess everything in life is a math problem, but it can be more about an empirical route to getting the symmetry that you want, and this vibe, sonically. But storytelling's a different thing. Like I said, it's the more interesting part about making music for me, or making albums and songs and stuff. So much so that I might not make another album. I might just write a novel next. I don't know!

So Channel Orange could be your last album? This could be it?
It could be. It could be it, if I flew next week and my plane crashed! It could be it if somebody walked along and shot me for my bracelet or something. It could always be it. The idea of recognising your strengths and using them in as versatile a way as you can is cool to me. I don't ever want to be caught up in a system of thinking I can do one thing cos that's just … that's just telling yourself a lie. But I do like to sing. I play piano every day. I enjoy that.

Barring any unfortunate events, would a Frank Ocean novel be able to hold you over if he really doesn't put out another album? Let us know your thoughts down below.

By: Richard Brooks / News / December 15, 2012 / 8467 Views / Source: Complex
  • Daniel Benny

    shitty journalism, don't exaggerate your headlines bros. he clearly will be making more music.

  • J-Rdgz

    No Frank no!

  • Lew

    Frank Ocean clearly states in the interview, if you actually read it. He might not make another.. nothing is exaggerated here.

  • Toast

    I'm need u to do better Frankie

  • euronymous

    title bait, get it away!

  • roger

    Can you people not read? He pretty much just said he's completely finished with music and is no longer singer-songwriter, strictly a novelist now. Get over it. No more 'Frank Ocean' music. Be happy for him.

  • Flocka Pope

    he definitely made it clear the only way he isn't dropping another album is if he dies before he gets yeah a bit of a misleading headline but hey, i clicked it so it was effective.

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  • brohan

    Holy out-of-context headline! He said it could hypothetically be his last album because you never know when you're gonna go. Or maybe Richard Brooks is just trolling, posting a year and a half old Diplo article and now this. I hope so, for his sake.

  • brohan

    Write up* not headline, my b

  • bigdickfred

    50 Shades of Orange

  • mpc321

    diary of anne frank ocean

  • jim

    songs 4 (little) women

  • Guest

    "You can't do it with a melody or a sound or rhythm or a cord progression" I'll have to disagree with this. Classical music has no lyrics & can portray a story. & not only that, a whole bunch of other types of music from all over the world did that. & also he is saying he might not make another album & do something else. Not that he might not make it if something happens to him.

  • YO

    Did Jay-Z actually quit rap?

  • YO

    Did Jordan actually retire?

  • jewtang

    you are a fucking idiot

  • YO

    Did YO actually retire?

  • Bo Bun

    is it really not butter?

  • Milla

    What do you mean 'debut album Channel Orange'...?

  • Garrett Nutgrass

    what a waste of a post and my time

  • Garrett Nutgrass

    thinking about glue

  • Guest

    Charlie And The Crack Rock Factory

  • roger

    Does Chief Keef actually think that he's Kobe?

  • andy

    the more I read franks comments on things the less i like him

  • lake frank

    acura integuy

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    Did BasedGod actually fuck my bitch???!

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  • Peter Marquez Pulido

    his perception was epic!
    Frank Ocean

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