Frank Ocean has revealed that he used to sell “a lot of crack and cocaine” when he was at school.
During a new interview with Oyster Magazine, Ocean insisted he was “never a bully” but admitted that his teenage self was less than angelic.
Asked what he was like at school, Ocean replied: “I was a thug. I sold a lot of cocaine and crack.” Then, after being prompted to confirm what he had just said, Ocean added: “All the time.”
During the interview, Ocean also revealed that he would often fantasise about attaining the lifestyle of a successful singer-songwriter. “Well, my attitude was pure. I love to make music, and I love to write. It was writing first. I love to write and express myself in that medium, so that was the pure part – just the love of doing something,” he recalled.
“But there was also this fantasy of what the lifestyle would be and what the trappings of success would be. There are different little montage clips that you make up in your mind, like what a day in the life would be like once you’re a fully grown whatever-you’re-going-to-become, you know?”
Meanwhile, Ocean is set to make his live return at the OFWGKTA Carnival in LA on November 9, which he will co-headline with fellow Odd Future member Tyler, The Creator. The event will be Ocean’s first live performance since he was forced to cut short a tour of Australia this July after tearing one of his vocal cords.