no. 33 — Blond by Frank Ocean

I owe such a massive apology to Frank Ocean and to all of my friends who loved him before I did. When channel ORANGE came out, I was in the deep pretention of disliking anything that anything popular. I hated everything on the top 40 on principle. If I did like something, it was ironically. I have a pretty specific memory of one of my friends making me play “Forrest Gump” and me bemoaning how inane I thought the lyrics were. What a stupid take! Sure, some pop songs are vapid and boring, but Frank Ocean’s music is far from that. It’s layered, multifaceted, and SMART.