Frank Ocean thinks it’s “really tight” that you all liked channel ORANGE, and is appreciative of his 6 Grammy nods, but it sounds like he might be gunning for a National Book Award or a spot on Michiko Kakutani’s Top Ten in the next round. In a sit-down with the Guardian, the breakout R&B star and talented lyricist teased that, rather than an album, his next project may be a book:
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!
We devoured Patti Smith‘s Just Kids and have poured over Jay-Z‘s Decoded, and we even thought that Bob Dylan‘s New Yorker poetry was an oddity to behold so maybe we’re a bit biased, but we would totally read whatever sort of literature Ocean puts forth. His coming-out Tumblr post was perhaps the most moving blog post of the year, and that ramble about Oreos and vegetarianism and love was similarly a thing of wonder. And this is all to say nothing of his songs — which are sharp with detail and often revelatory, and beloved by Tweeting teenagers everywhere — that tell his story best of all. Can you imagine what he might be able to do with a few hundred pages? We can’t, and that’s exactly why we would be excited to read it!
And rest assured that this new goal doesn’t mean he’s quitting music (another thing he says in the interview: “I don’t intend to stop making music. This isn’t faux retirement.”), it just means that after the incredibly accomplished two years he’s just had, Ocean is dreaming big. “I do think it would be f***ing legendary if I just made channel ORANGE last year, then put out a best-selling novel next year, then, you know, designed an arena in Stockholm in 2014,” he continued, wide-eyed with possibility. “You just do what the fuck you wanna do at the end of the day, and don’t give a fuck. As long as your intentions are solid, and about growth and progression and being productive and not being idle, then you’re doing good in my book.” Ours, too.