While he continued to release music as he transitioned his career into acting, none of them reached the heights that his first two did with their (rather rare) combination of witty cynicism and youthful energy.
I don’t know how to explain his return other than to start where I found him: I discovered Frank Ocean while watching the VMAs when I was 13. He crooned “Thinkin Bout You” seated on a rock on a stage that was dark save for the light of a faux campfire — a tame departure for the VMAs.
Tyler, the Creator’s IGOR alter ego, Wolf Daley, returns with the music video for “I THINK.” Directed under Tyler’s Wolf Haley alias, the video features a caption that reads “a fraction of the video*,” indicating more to come.
“Not to die, not dying,” she sang, and I didn’t think any of us were, but maybe Lenker felt like she had been before that moment, and maybe I have at times, too, and maybe we always are, but maybe I also believe she conquered that reality in that moment, with her voice and her music alone, and she carried me away with her.