December 18th, 2012
03:11 PM ET
With six Grammy nominations and one of the best albums of the year to his name, Frank Ocean sounds ready to explore new territory.
The "Sweet Life" singer told the U.K.'s Guardian that to him, storytelling "is the most interesting and challenging" aspect to creating music, "so much so that I might not make another album," he said. "I might just write a novel next. I don't know!"
That's not to say that he's done with music, but rather that his dreams are still evolving.
"You know, I gotta answer those questions for myself day by day. I don't intend to stop making music. This isn't a faux retirement. ... I was just making music yesterday," Ocean said. "But I do think – it would be f*****g legendary if I just made 'Channel Orange' last year, then put out a best-selling novel next year, then, you know, designed an arena in Stockholm in 2014! I don't know! You just do what you can and you have as much fun as possible, and love your life as much as you can ... As long as your intentions are solid, and about growth and progression and being productive and not being idle, then you're doing good in my book."
Whatever he does, it's clear that he has excellence in mind.
"I'm about being the best ... [I]f you're gonna be playing this video game, you might as well win, right?" he told the paper. "In art, at a certain level, there is no 'better than.' It's just about trying to operate for yourself on the most supreme level, artistically, that you can and hoping that people get it. Trusting that just because of the way people are built and how interconnected we are, greatness will translate and symmetry will be recognized."
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