“He never told me, he didn’t tell me about that,” producer SebastiAn said.
One of the more famous and puzzling moments on Frank Ocean’s monumental 2016 album, Blonde, is “Facebook Story.” The minute-long features the voice of Ocean’s friend and collaborator SebastiAn, who talks about how his relationship was destroyed by social media. In a new interview with Pile Rats, SebastiAn explained how the track came together, including the fact that he didn’t know Ocean was recording him.
“He never told me, he didn’t tell me about that,” SebastiAn said. “I knew he was recording a lot, even the conversations everywhere during the process of the album. We were waiting for him in the studio in London, I was talking with some other guys in the studio and we were laughing about how the girl left [me], or things like this. He just arrived when I was telling this story, and I don’t know why he asked me more questions.”
In the monologue, SebastiAn speaks about how a difference of opinion in the value of internet-based social connection led to his relationship’s demise:
She started to be crazy
She thought that because I didn’t accept her
She thought I was cheating
She told me like, uh, “It’s over, I can’t believe you”
I said “come on, you’re crazy, because like yeah
I’m in front of you, I’m every day here in your house”
That’s, it means like it’s jealousy
Pure jealousy for nothing
You know, virtual thing
He told Pile Rats that although the speech is from his own experience, he can’t speak definitively about Ocean’s intent in including it on the album.
“I think, for him, maybe it was relating something about the new generation,” he said, “like that you can be fired from your own relationship just by not accepting your girlfriend on Facebook. It was kind of a strange story, but what can I say?”
He also explained that he’s surprised how much the track has resonated with fans.
“I’m just discovering [through] interviews that people are interested about this story,” he said. “There were some people in New York who even tried to ask me to contact the girl again… it became kind of crazy, in a way… I’ll never live something like that again.”
Frank Ocean has dropped a pair of new songs over the past few weeks, and continues to put 7″ vinyl singles up for pre-order on his website. He’s expected to put out a new project soon, but the details remain unclear.