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Frank Ocean Turned Down Kanye West Collaboration On New Album

Wanted to go his own way...

By Richard Gilzene on Tuesday 15th November 2011 Photo by PR

R&B newcomer Frank Ocean has revealed he turned down Kanye West's offer of a collaboration on his new LP.

The bold decision came after the pair got talking about collaborating on Ocean's new project during work on Watch The Throne.

"I’m a big fan. He’s a big influence on my music," the Odd Future vocalist explained to Zane Lowe in a BBC Radio 1 interview. "I told him, 'As much as I want to work with you, I kinda want to do this without you.'"

Instead, Ocean has cut most of the record working with one producer, the relatively unknown L.A. beatmaker Malay, claiming their 'synergy' has led to a number of productive writing sessions.

"We worked for the first couple days and did some crazy feeling songs, like the Untitled #2 was the first or second song that we wrote together."

The 24-year-old also spoke about the importance of his breakthrough record Nostalgia, Ultra, which he still considers his debut album despite it originally being released for free through Odd Future's Tumblr website.

"Nostalgia, Ultra was recorded to be an album. The only thing that says it’s not an album is the record industry. But to me that’s my debut album. I could care less what the record industry has to say about what that record is."

Ocean recently debuted two new tracks, 'Real Love' and 'Disillusioned' during a show at London's XOYO. Watch them below...

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