- Artist Disillusionment / Creator Breakdown:
- According to Tyler's image he's been in one constant breakdown since before he even started, but Wolf begins to heavily suggest that it may not just be an act anymore. Stereogum's review of it even mentioned that they "hope he finds a way out of the honest-to-god depression that seems to have produced the album."
- Earl hinted at this in Doris but really seems to go through this in I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside.
- Big Name Fan:
Pitt: I've been listening to a lot of Frank Ocean. I find this young man so special. Talk about getting to the raw truth. He's painfully honest. He's very, very special. I can't find a bad one.
- Frank's music is reportedly enjoyed by, of all people, Brad Pitt, so much so that he serenaded Pitt at a live show.
- Creator Backlash / Old Shame:
- For Tyler:
- Goblin. He cited only enjoying five songs off of it ("Goblin", "Yonkers", "Nightmare", "Tron Cat", and "Analog") and openly criticized its content shortly after Wolf was released.
- In the years since "Yonkers" became the breakout song for both him and the rest of OF, Tyler has admitted that he now hates playing the song live, and has been known to mock it by changing lines or letting fans sing whole verses for him.
- Earl Sweatshirt is embarrassed by his old horrorcore output and has openly stated that he does not want to keep the fans who were only there for that material. To quote him, "I hope I lose you as a fan if you only fuck with me because I rapped about raping girls when I was fifteen."
- For Tyler:
- Cowboy Bebopat His Computer: Everyone in the group raps about rape, misogyny and murder, no exceptions. Fact of the matter is, Tyler and Earl are the only ones who do so and even then, a lot of Tyler's songs have nothing to do with evil, and Earl stopped rapping about those topics and expressed regret and embarrassment about his pre-Radical output. Also, Odd Future are apparently all devil worshippers, but several of them are atheist (or don't care about spirituality) and they only actively use anti-Christian imagery and lyrics to piss people off.
- Executive Meddling: Earl's mother will not authorize any of his songs to be released so long as he is a minor.
- Keep Circulating the Tapes: Plenty of the group's oldest material has gotten lost after being removed from its original MediaShare and LimeLinx download pages. Did you know The Super 3 produced a song for Blak Tha Map called "Square"? No? Good luck finding it...
- Old Shame: Earl's stay in Samoa helped him to look at the subject matter he previously rapped about in a different light, having spent time working with surviving rape and trauma victims. That, and his lyrical abilities have grown tremendously since then, and one of the first things he made clear upon his return was that he cannot stand to hear anything he put out before Radical.
- Promoted Fanboy: Tyler has met, worked, and performed with many of the artists he has mentioned as his favorites in songs and interviews. Most notably Waka Flocka Flame and Pusha T as mentioned in his song Goblin.
- Reclusive Artist: Frank Ocean is becoming one after he dropped off most of his social media and cancelled several scheduled appearances and the Schedule Slip below without much explanation. And yet he still managed to put in a guest vocal here and there.
- Schedule Slip: Frank Ocean got infamous with the extensive delays of his sophomore album (which was initially known as Boys Don't Cry but was released as Blonde), promising it in July 2015 but postponed it after apparently feeling that the element of surprise was lost. However, he seems to have made up for it, since he preceded the album's release on August 20th, 2016 with another album, a visual album called Endless.
- Shrug of God: When Tyler was asked about the concept and storyline in his albums during his CRWN interview, he neither acknowledged nor denied them; he explained that he preferred fans to figure it out and draw their own conclusions from their work.
- Streisand Effect: The main reason why anyone knows of brandUn De Shay is because Tyler fell out with him and mentioned beating him up in "Yonkers".
- What Could Have Been: nostalgia, ULTRA. was supposed to get re-released as nostalgia, LITE., with several of the sampled songs (notably the Eagles' "Hotel California") removed.
- "Thinkin Bout You" was originally ghostwritten for Bridget Kelly, a.k.a. that girl Jay-Z brings out for "Empire State of Mind" when he can't find Alicia Keys. The version that helped Frank blow up was a rough cut he recorded for Kelly to sing over in the studio; it was never supposed to see the light of day.
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