Nick’s Tape Deck: Kevin Abstract Is The Frank Ocean We Needed To Hear

By Nick Delmacy | Posted Jan 26 2017 | 7 Comments  


“Can’t tell my family I’m bi/Can’t tell my mother I’m gay/The hardest part of my day/Is wishing I was fucking straight.”

You would think those lyrics would be from one of Frank Ocean’s two new albums. As transparent and revealing as FO is on Tumblr, you would think he would be just as revealing in his music. Not only are those lyrics not sung by our Black Gay Superhero, nothing as specific and direct about homosexuality as that appears on Blonde or Endless at all.

Those four lines of introspection are actually from “Papercut” featured on 20-year-old rapper Kevin Abstract’s sophomore album, “American Boyfriend.” An album full of welcomed abrasive transparency and emo realness for all LGBT boys and girls to identify with.


Admittedly, Abstract’s style of music will not be everyone’s cup of spilled tea (pun intended), but for me his transparency and frankness (pun intended again) on sexuality drew me in. If I had to be reductive and compare his music to others, I would say his sound is a gumbo pot of Childish Gambino, Kanye West, Frank Ocean and Odd Future.


And I’ll be
Right outside your front door on my 12 speed
I got your emotions tattooed on my sleeve
I think about you all the time
I’ve waited for you all my life
I need you right here by my side


He was everything I dreamed of
Used to ride around in his two seater
Being friends didn’t make it much easier,
Friday night lights stay away from the bleachers,
Showed me obscure bands he was into,
His mom in the dining room, we’re in his bedroom, his girl too,
Had to pretend like I didn’t mind that bitch
Just so I could see his face


My boyfriend saved me
My mother’s homophobic
I’m stuck in the closet
I’m so claustrophobic
I just want help if
My best friend’s racist
My mother’s homophobic
I’m stuck in the closet
I’m so claustrophobic
I just wanna know shit
Why we all love Young Thug?


Started smoking cigarettes
I even picked up pot again
Coke ain’t touch my nose yet
I’m afraid I’ll be just like my friend
I’m afraid I ain’t gon’ have no friends
Oh my god, when do my story end?
Tell me God, when do my story end?
I’m locked outside of the DeLorean





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  1. OckyDub
    Ockydub | January 26th, 2017

    Even though I don't necessarily like the music, I like the candid openness of the artist. I also think the interracial aspect will not / would not be appealing to Black gays.

  2. Noosphere | January 26th, 2017

    Facts vs Alternative Facts



    HE don’t care for me
    But HE cares for me
    And that’s good enough
    We don’t talk much or nothin’
    But when we talkin’ about something
    We have good discussion
    I met HIS friends last week, feels like they’re up to something
    That’s good for us

    Good Guy

    It’s a good guy, he hooked it up
    Said if I was in NY I should look you up
    I, first time I done saw you
    You text nothing like you look
    Here’s to the >>>GAY<<>>

    Futura Free

    >>>I don’t cut bitches no more<<<

    Granted it may not be "throw that boy pussy" enough for some 👀

    • Nick Delmacy
      Nick Delmacy | January 26th, 2017

      Fair observations…But 1) Those are probably the ONLY almost gay lyrics you will find on both albums combined and 2) those are “blink and you will miss them” lyrics on the albums. The way FO mumbles the lyrics on the brief intermission song Good Guy, you could miss that it was about a gay blind date altogether unless you were listening closely with headphones.

      Kevin Abstract, on the other hand, is clear and definitive, in just about every song, that he likes boys and has had struggles in his life because of that fact.

  3. OckyDub
    Ockydub | January 26th, 2017

    LOL @Nick Delmacy you better stop playing with these Frank Ocean fans; they coming with receipts.

  4. BlackguyExecutive
    BlackguyExecutive | January 26th, 2017

    Thanks for making the introduction.

  5. Jdudre | January 26th, 2017

    I second this and can I say as of late this site for me has been doing good in the positive aspects of gay black media with the shorts and the music both the article on dazed and now this. Thank you

  6. Lean Lantern
    Champagne_Papi | January 27th, 2017


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