In a touching letter penned by Ocean via Tumblr, the self-professed “Prince fan(stan) for life” shared his thoughts on the passing of the Purple One.
“I’m not even gonna say rest in peace because it’s bigger than death,” started the letter. “I never met the man (I was too nervous the one time I saw him) and I never saw him play live, regrettably. I only know the legends I’ve heard from folks and what I’ve heard and seen from his deep catalog of propellant, fearless, virtuosic work. My assessment is that he learned early on how little value to assign to someone else’s opinion of you..an infectious sentiment that seamed soaked in his clothes, his hair, his walk, his guitar and his primal scream.”
The “Thinking of You” singer also shared that Prince wrote one of his “favorite songs of all time — “When You Were Mine.”
“It’s a simple song with a simple melody that makes you wish you thought of it first, even though you never would have – a flirtatious brand of genius that feels approachable,” read the letter.
But aside from music, Prince also inspired the 28-year-old musician’s sexuality. In 2012, the Grammy-winning artist shocked the world when he announced that he was bisexual.
“He was a straight black man who played his first televised set in bikini bottoms and knee high heeled boots, epic,” he wrote. “He made me feel more comfortable with how I identify sexually simply by his display of freedom from and irreverence for obviously archaic ideas like gender conformity etc.”
The letter continues to praise the 57-year-old guitarist’s work both in music and activism. “He moved me to be more daring and intuitive with my own work by his demonstration – his denial of the prevailing mode…his fight for his intellectual property – ‘Slave’ written across the forehead, name changed to a symbol..an all out rebellion against exploitation.”
Ocean finishes the letter with a heartfelt fact: “A vanguard and genius by every metric I know of who affected many in a way that will outrun oblivion for a long while. I’m proud to be a Prince fan(stan) for life.”
You can read Frank Ocean’s full post at frankocean.tumblr.com.