• (L-R) Prince and Frank Ocean. (Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
Musician Frank Ocean pays tribute to Prince for helping him come to terms with his sexuality.
By
Mikey Nicholson

22 Apr 2016 - 2:07 PM  UPDATED 22 Apr 2016 - 2:13 PM

The untimely death of music legend Prince has inspired an outpouring of emotion on social media from everyday fans to celebrities around the world.

One of those tributes has come from elusive singer, songwriter and rapper, Frank Ocean.

Taking to his Tumblr, Ocean writes, "I’m not even gonna say rest in peace because it’s bigger than death. I never met the man (I was too nervous the one time I saw him), and I never saw him pay live, regrettably. I only know the legends I’ve heard from folks and what I’ve heard and seen from his deep catalog of propellant, fearless, virtuosic work.

"My assessment is that he learned early on how little value to assign to someone else’s opinion of you.. An infectious sentiment that seemed soaked into his clothes, his hair, his walk, his guitar and his primal scream. He wrote my favourite song of all time, 'When you were mine'. It’s a simple song with a simple melody that makes you with you thought of it first, even though you never would have - a flirtatious brand of genius that feels approachable."

"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..."

Ocean, who has spoken openly about his sexuality, paid homage to Prince for the confidence his persona gave him, "He was a straight black man who played his first televised set in bikini bottoms and knee high heeled boots, epic," he writes. "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 oblivious for a long while. I’m proud to be a Prince fan (stan) for life."