Mother of Frank Ocean Wants Her Son to Remove Kim Burrell from Latest Album


Frank Ocean’s mother, Katonya Breaux, wants gospel singer Kim Burrell removed from Ocean’s latest album, Blonde.

Burrell, whose Thursday performance on Ellen was cancelled after anti-gay comments she made in a sermon went viral, is featured on Ocean’s song Godspeed.

“Me: Son, can we crop Kim Burrell’s voice out of your song?” Breaux wrote in a series of tweets, suggesting she had a conversation with Ocean about removing Burrell’s vocals. “Hypocrisy and the inciting of hate (expletive) me off.”



Ocean, who has openly discussed identifying as queer, praised Burrell in a 2010 post on his Tumblr, sharing a video of her singing in church.

“Church was the hood Julliard to me,” he wrote. “All the coldest musicians came out of there. The lady in the video…summa cum laude.”

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Source: USA Today | Maeve McDermott