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BuzzFeed.com reports on the rising Odd Future star's decision to open up about his sexuality.
"In a tumblr entry posted [July 4th], hip-hop artist Frank Ocean shared a text document where he describes his first love, another man who he met four years ago when they were both 19. This frank and beautifully written admission comes on the heels of speculation regarding some of the pronouns used on his upcoming album Channel Orange, which will be released on July 17th."
Read Frank's full statement in the document below. It was intended to be the liner notes of his upcoming album, but instead, the singer decided the internet chatter was too much to ignore.
Hip hop heavyweights, along with his OFWGKTA bandmates, have been showing Frank support for his brave decision.
My Big Brother Finally Fucking Did That. Proud Of That Nigga Cause I Know That Shit Is Difficult Or Whatever. Anyway. Im A Toilet.— Tyler, The Creator (@fucktyler) July 4, 2012
When I emailed Jay-Z my open letter to @frank_ocean he put it on his site in minutes. That's love. Over your shoulder is an army love...— dream hampton (@dreamhampton) July 5, 2012
Russell Simmons, founder of Def Jam (Frank's label for his solo project), also wrote on his blog calling it "a big day for hip hop."
Read an interesting article on AllHipHop.com about the state of LGBT issues and hip hop.