Frank Ocean claimed the runner-up spot on the BBC Sound of 2012 list of emerging stars. During an interview in Los Angeles where he resides, the 24-year-old singer-songwriter spoke about his inspiration, playing live, Odd Future’s impact on his career, working with Beyoncé, Jay-Z, and Kanye West, the “Swim Good” and “Novacane” videos, his highly-anticipated next album and hopes for 2012.

On The Album:
“It succinctly defines me as an artist for where I am right now and that was the aim, just to make something that represents where you are at that time. It’s about the stories. If I write 14 stories that I love, then the next step is to get the environment of music around it to best envelop the story and all kinds of sonic goodness—sonic goodies.”

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