By Rob Markman
Frank Ocean once loved a man and Channel Orange is an awesome album. By now these are facts that music fans have come to accept, but hold tight because there may be another controversy brewing. On Wednesday Frank’s Odd Future homeys Tyler, the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt revealed the OFWGKTA singer really, really, really loves… bagels.
You didn’t really expect Odd Future to address Ocean’s revelation that he once carried on a love affair with a man with any seriousness did you?
“I don’t know what you’re talking about,” bellowed Tyler.
“I think it’s crazy that that n—a likes bagels like that; for the longest he was frontin’,” said Earl, who had just finished twirling around in the swivel chair he was seated in. “We’d go to the store like, ‘N—a do you want some bagels?’ and He’ll be like, ‘I don’t f— with bagels.’ “
In part, bagels is a euphemism for boys, even if the gag got twisted at times during the conversation. On July 4, a week before he dropped his major-label debut Channel Orange,Ocean published a passage on his Tumblr where he revealed that his first love was a man. “All l of a sudden a week before the album drop this n—a like, ‘Pass me the cinnamon raisin with the cream cheese,’ ” Earl joked nothing the amount of bagels that would be in the Los Angeles studio where OF often records. “It was n—a ’cause for the longest nobody would pass him no type of bagels. You know how many bagels there is at Paramount? In that f—in’ kitchen?”
Tyler is clearly over the topic and what Ocean’s revelation means to the world of music. “It’s funny because no one cares,” he said. “I actually don’t give a f—, do you give a f—?”
For Earl, Frank Ocean’s sexual or pastry preference doesn’t matter, as long as the music is right. “That album was tight whether or not he likes bagels,” he said.