Frank Ocean: "I signed my paperwork at the end of ‘09. It was official by January 2010. Outside of the contract and the paperwork, there was no relationship. I never walked through the building. I never had an opportunity to build with them, because of some other shit within the company. All I knew was that I was an artist, and I didn’t have a relationship with my label.
"I met Tricky Stewart through writing for others. He heard some of my pieces, with my voice on it or whatever, and he was like, 'I think you should really give the artist shit a run.' So I was like, 'Alright, cool.' He was like, 'I’ve got a position up in the building at Island, and I want to bring you in.' I don’t know what the exact title was, but he had a desk job as an A&R at IDJ. It was a desk that he never went to. A proverbial desk job. He was the A&R that signed me, then I was kind of neglected, but it’s cool. It was a gift."