Writing for Himself, Others, and Production
Frank Ocean: "I’ve written for some people, but I don’t like to talk about it [Ed.—Ocean has written songs for Justin Bieber, John Legend, and Brandy]. I like my listeners and, I hate to use this term so early but, my fans, if I’ve got any, to discover shit on their own, and for the shit to be in layers. I’m not going to brag about it. I was just getting started. Everything I did as a songwriter was little humble things I was doing. I didn’t have any numbers ones or anything like that. I was just getting in the groove.
"No, I don’t do any beats. I produce, in the traditional sense of producing, but I don’t do that much beat-making. I got beats from my friends. The album credits are in the new download. Writing and shit, coming up in that side of the business, you meet a lot of producers, and you develop those relationships. So when I started doing this project, and said I wanted to do something on my own and get it done, I hit up those people that were close to me, that I felt got it, and they sent the beats to my email. I picked what I liked and put it together."