Frank Ocean Comes Out of Hiding, Rocks the Vote

Frank Ocean Comes Out of Hiding, Rocks the Vote

The tight-lipped hip-hop prince launches a politically candid Beats 1 show.

The tight-lipped hip-hop prince launches a politically candid Beats 1 show.

Text: SAMUEL ANDERSON

While millions are hoping for a blue wave today, no poll predicted the blonde wave that Frank Ocean unleashed this morning. At 9 a.m., the famously media-shy singer launched "Blonded," his surprise new radio show for Beats 1. Coinciding with the midterm elections, the show's inaugural episode focused heavily on American politics, covering everything from Pizzagate to the bible.

While he rarely grants interviews, the enigmatic prince of hip-hop pathos waxed critical on harmful political tactics like gerrymandering and voter suppression, deconstructed right-wing conspiracy theories, and decried religious fundamentalism. "If Jesus didn't say it, ignore that shit," remarked Ocean, invoking the ongoing cultural and religious-based debates about abortion and trans rights. Along with his cohost, London-based producer Vegyn, Ocean also spun a catalytic setlist including Honeydrippers' 1973 classic "Impeach the President" and "U-N-I-T-Y," his own song off the album Endless.

Ocean used the platform to call his rabid fanbase to political action, dangling the ultimate carrot: merch. In three swing states, (Florida, Texas, and Georgia) fans who bring proof of voting to three designated boutiques will receive a Blonded-branded "I Voted" tee. But if the blue wave succeeds, here's to hoping Ocean will break out those sparkly spandex Gucci pants.

Photo: Courtesy of Beats 1

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