Published Jun 13, 2011There's no denying that Odd Future associate Frank Ocean is now rolling with the big boys, from his collaborations with Pharrell Williams, Beyoncé and Nas to the fact that Def Jam is reissuing his breakout Nostalgia, Ultra album next month. Now, the forward-thinking R&B crooner will do a victory lap as he hits the studio with Kanye West and Jay-Z.
When a fan asked Ocean to write a letter to himself five years ago on Tumblr, he offered up the following statement, with the big reveal at the end:
your name is frank now..it's a long story. your girlfriend is about to break up with you because of the long distance. it's ok. & that job you're working..well, you're gonna have to work there for another year and some months.. & then you're gonna get fired. you're gonna work a couple more jobs after that too. nothing glamorous. kinkos and at&t if you really want the specifics. but you're never gonna be homeless or starving. don't worry you won't fail and have to move back to new orleans either. you are gonna get your heartbroken though. twice. if it helps, the first one is gonna be worse than the second. contrary to how it feels, it won't kill you. in fact it's gonna help you write an album. yea, you finally finished an album. people like it man. you're actually gonna write and record hundreds of songs. they won't all be good and most ppl won't think you're talented at first, but you're going to master your gifts. you're going to become a lot stronger and wiser..even a little taller. be patient. i mean, you kind of have no choice. and be good to people. i don't wanna spoil too much for you, but.. you're on a plane right now to the east coast to work with kanye west & jay-z. it's all working out kid. you made it.
While that's all we know at this moment, there's no question that Ocean is flying out to work with the rappers on their long-awaited Watch the Throne album, which is still without a firm release date. In the meantime, Frank Ocean's Nostalgia, Ultra will be available on July 26 via Def Jam.