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Frank Ocean's Astroworld Cease & Desist Was About Pride, Not the Music

Frank Ocean's Astroworld Cease & Desist Was About Pride, Not the Music

Frank Ocean's 'Astroworld' Cease & Desist Wasn't About the Music
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Could Travis Scott's treatment of queer people be to blame?

Earlier this week it was reported that Frank Ocean had served Travis Scott with a cease and desist letter relating to Ocean's track on Scott's album Astroworld. The dispute seemed to stem from the way Ocean's part of the song, "Carousel," was altered (Auto-Tune is involved). Reportedly, Scott reportedly to budge, even though post-release album edits are much easier to make in the refused age.

But Ocean clarified on tumblr that his problem with the track wasn't anything to do with the music. "I think the song sounds cool," Ocean wrote. "I did it in like 20 minutes and the mix sounds the way Travis wanted it to sound for his record. I also approved it before it came out so the cease and desist wasn't about [speaker emoji] It was about [rainbow pride flag emoji]."


There's no explanation for the rainbow Pride flag emoji, but it's possible Ocean's problem could be the fact that Scott previously had Amanda Lepore removed from the Astroworld album art, which many decried as transphobic, although he claimed it was because she upstaged the other visuals. "I have nothing but respect for the LGBTQ community," Scott said at the time. No matter what the issue, Ocean says it's already been worked out. "Me and Travis resolved it amongst ourselves weeks ago."

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