Here's Why Frank Ocean and Def Jam Didn't Have the Best Relationship

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 29:  Frank Ocean attends the TIME 100 Gala, TIME's 100 most influential people in the world, at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 29, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for TIME)

Here's Why Frank Ocean and Def Jam Didn't Have the Best Relationship

Plus, find out why Blonde's release was so delayed.

Published September 17, 2016

Since the release of Frank Ocean's latest album Blonde, there has been ongoing chatter surrounding his tumultuous relationship with his label Def Jam.

With his strategic approach to his two recently release projects, — the No. 1 self-released LP Blonde and the chart-ineligible visual album Endless via Def Jam — Frank's seemingly shady exit plan may find him in court with Def Jam's parent company, Universal, but, according to a new Associated Press report, there's much more to the story.

An anonymous source revealed to AP that, in fact, Frank was initially contractually obligated to deliver more than two albums to the label, but they agreed to let him out of his record deal early so they would no longer have to put up with him.

The source even went on to compare Frank and Def Jam's relationship to a "bad marriage," adding, "He didn't want to be on a label. He wanted to do his own thing."

"I'm sure there was some kind of negotiation in order for him to get out of the contract if there were remaining committments on the contract," the source said.

A Billboard report also added that this rocky relationship is likely to have caused the now notorious delay in Frank's latest offering.

"While fans were antsy, behind the scenes, the relationship between the label and Ocean got fractions — so much so both parties decided that Ocean's next album would be his last, according to the person," the report read.

Get the latest on Frank's new album Blonde in the BET Breaks video, above.

Written by Moriba Cummings

(Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images for TIME)


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