Young Thug and Frank Ocean Star in 2016 Calvin Klein Ad Campaign
Calvin Klein's Fall 2016 ad campaign is highlighting an "evolved cast of talent," which, as it pertains to hip-hop, means featuring Young Thug and Frank Ocean in brief video spots. In January, Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$, Fetty Wap and more starred in print ads for the fashion brand, with the new commercials going slightly beyond taglines and stills.
"In my world, of course, it don’t matter. You could be a gangster with a dress, you could be a gangster with baggy pants. I feel like there’s no such thing as gender," Thugger says in his 20 second spot included above. His subversive style influences his music and fashion, though in the clip, he's shirtless (and dress-less).
Frank Ocean meanwhile, is featured in a minute long spot, discussing the role music has in his life, speaking lyrically at times with metaphors and abstract concepts. "If you start a habit and you keep it up for four or five weeks and then you stop, you feel like you’re missing something in your day," he says. "That’s what music is for me. It feels like a necessary act. It takes a mind to worry, a conscience to feel ashamed, but there’s no place to hide out here, these skies are filled with planes. You sort of romanticize something that’s in the past, which is fantasy cause it’s not exactly how it went down. Fantasy places the role almost like a supplement, drawing fantasy to make things hyper real, I guess."
Considering Frank's absence from music for numerous years now, that opening quote may be as conclusive as fans will get with regard to a potential return. If music is a necessary act for the singer, than one could conclude that he's been recording all this time. Iamsu said just this week that Frankie O's new album "didn't disappoint" and so the ongoing optimism that his Channel Orange follow-up will be out this year grows larger.
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