Frank Ocean’s Blonde has several underlying meanings and repeating themes. The 17 track album burns through nostalgia, days of romance and innocence though underneath all those layers is the is the idea of being true to yourself. Ocean was plunged into the community that least accepts homo/bisexuals. Frank isn’t afraid to vocalize his beliefs, love and viewpoints in music and on tumblr. He’s not afraid to be himself.
Throughout Blonde, we hear Frank live life and slowly gain experience song by song until we reach “Futura Free” where he looks back at his life’s achievements, heartbreaks, and friendships. Blonde is Frank Ocean. Blonde is everything that’s happened to Frank, where he’s been, who he’s loved, how’s he lived.
The skits are exactly that. They’re about being yourself. In both “Be Yourself” and “Facebook Story” the same melodic instrumental is being played with the protagonist being forced and reduced to someone who they’re not.
In “Be Yourself” the mother is warning her son of the dangers of being influenced by drugs yet in the same breath, she tells him to be himself, to use his own intuition which contradicts her previous statement of “being himself”. In the following song, “Solo” we hear Frank doing acid clearly disobeying the women’s orders.
(The women is not Frank’s actual mother but Frank likes connecting skits to the next song as he did with “Not Just Money” followed by “Super Rich Kids”)
In “Facebook Story” The protagonist, Sebastian, is being forced to accept his girlfriend on Facebook to prove his love even though he showcases it physically. Since there’s no digital representation of their relationship, it upsets the girl as she believes it’s a sign of infidelity. Sebastian pleads with her saying he’s with and infront of her everyday!
In the following song “Close to You” Frank sings of his relationship which is on the brink of it’s extinction. He’s taking a steamy shower confused and astray thinking about what could’ve been between him and his lover.
“I run my hand through what’s left”
Frank is running his hand through this persons hair knowing deep down their time together is coming to an end, just like Sebastian’s relationship of 3 years.
“Why am I preaching? To this choir, to this atheist”
Preaching to an atheist is useless as they do not believe in God. Both Frank and Sebastian are trying to talk sense into their lovers but they’re the atheists in this relationship, they aren’t believing what they’re hearing.
Blonde uses skits to represent what happens if you aren’t your own person. Frank Ocean said when he came out he cried because he felt liberated. Frank knows the joy of finally being able to tell the world who you truly are and the skits of Blonde exhibits what results if you let others take control of your life.
It’s not hard to tell that Frank put a lot of time into Pyramids,
not only because it is nearly 10 minutes long, but the production is
flawless. He takes you on a journey with his beautiful songwriting and
his consistently changing flow, to match the diverse instrumental
shifts, making the listener forget how long the track actually is.