The elusive genius was one of the first to pay Prince tribute, taking to his Tumblr page to praise Prince’s “deep catalog of propellant, fearless, virtuosic work” and declare hisself a “proud Prince fan(stan) for life.” Matter of fact, the whole Odd Future collective’s defiant fuck-what-you think attitude feels inspired by Prince.
“My assessment is that he learned early on how little value to assign to someone else's opinion of you,” Ocean observed. “He was a straight black man who played his first televised set in bikini bottoms and knee high heeled boots, epic. He made me feel more comfortable with how I identify sexually simply by his display of freedom from and irreverence for obviously archaic ideas like gender conformity etc. He moved me to be more daring and intuitive with my own work by his demonstration — his denial of the prevailing model … His fight for his intellectual property — 'SLAVE' written across the forehead, name changed to a symbol…An all out rebellion against exploitation. A vanguard and genius by every metric I know of who affected many in a way that will outrun oblivion for a long while.” 'Nuff said.