In an Oyster magazine cover story on the star, singer/songwriter Frank Ocean revealed that he used to be a “thug” in his past life. 

When asked what he was like in high school, Ocean describes himself as having sold “a lot of cocaine and crack.” 

On a more positive note, the singer did acknowledge that he had to get serious in order to get where he wanted to be in life.

From Oyster

“I think that was me, but there was a transition — and it wasn’t like I just woke up and had an epiphany, but it was a transition where I began to realise that if I didn’t really begin to focus on the work, I couldn’t see any way for me to become who I wanted to become. It just wasn’t gonna happen. And then somewhere in that time of my life it was like… Instead of wanting to get to a certain level of fame or how much liquid assets I had under my name, it was more like, ‘How well can I develop my skill set?’ You know? ‘How far can I push my creativity? If I’m gonna do this — if I’m gonna be a singer/songwriter — then OK, I’m a singer/songwriter, but how can I be the best?,” he said.

Read more at Oyster


Talk about reinventing oneself and turning your life around. 

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