Frank Ocean has been in the news a lot lately, between his brawl with Chris Brown and his upcoming Grammy performance, and now the R&B croonerhas just landed the cover of The New York Times Magazine. The accompanying article takes a look at Franks' everyday life, as well as his upbringing and the creation of Channel Orange. Check out some excerpts from the article below.

On music journalism

“Here’s what I think about music and journalism: The most important thing is to just press play. All in all, I just don’t trust journalists — and I don’t think it’s a good practice for me to trust journalists.”  

On art

“Art’s everything we hope life would be, a lot of times. That’s what I get from it. And that’s what I’ve tried to do. In the storytelling and the sonics and everything. That’s what I’ve tried to do, because I just think that’s the purpose of art. Push, you know?”

On musical inspiration

“I don’t worry about where [the inspiration] will come from. I think even with that cured, there’s still so much to pull from. I know people like to say that. You know, ‘It’s a gift and a curse.’ It’s not a gift. I don’t believe that. I believe it’s just pain. The gift would be the gift whether I went through it or not. We’d just be having a different conversation.” 

On his novel

“I’ve started writing the book. You can say that. It’s fiction, and it’s about brothers. That’s all I’m going to say.” 

Read the full story here, and view the cover below.