Frank Ocean turned 30 on Friday (Oct. 27), and while the star singer-songwriter is known for usually keeping a low-profile in the public eye, he threw an extravagant birthday celebration over the weekend.
Tyler, The Creator made an appearance at the party, and recent breakout artists SZA and Amine also came out to support their friend, at the Paris Is Burning-inspired party. (This is not the first time we’ve heard about Frank’s obsession with the 1990 documentary, as he sampled ball queen Crystal LaBeija on “Ambience 001” from the movie for his 2016 Endless visual album.)
Last week, (Oct. 23) the New Orleans native collaborated in i.D’s The Sounding Off issue to craft a visual essay and a heartfelt personal message.”You can answer a lot of questions with ‘Yes,'” he wrote. “But you can answer many more with ‘No.’ No is run of the mill. Yes is a gem. Whenever I feel alone I watch live television, something about it being okay on their end makes it okay on mine. Onstage one in-ear is my mic feed and the other one is a Tim Ferriss podcast.”
He added: “I go long periods without talking but I raise my voice when the people on the phone are in loud places. I’ve never given my fans nicknames because the ones I think of are embarrassing. I’m world famous. I had peace in my twenties. Big Pharrell praying hands those weren’t mutually exclusive. If you want to make your 30s sound appealing just mention ‘sexual prime.’ Re: the photos… as Karl Lagerfeld would say they ‘came to me in a dream.’ Summer two thousand and seventeen.”
Check out the rest of the i.D. issue here and highlights from the opulent gathering below, where everyone that attended the party definitely dressed to impress.
Frank Ocean’s Birthday Party pic.twitter.com/iN8NKNcK7B
— Urban Society (@UrbanSociety__) October 30, 2017