Frank Ocean vs. Chris Brown: Musicians Brawl Over Parking Spot
Everyone’s least favorite musician, Chris Brown, made headlines this weekend. No, not for beating up his girlfriend -- this time, it’s for getting into a fight with Zen-tempered R&B superstar Frank Ocean...over a parking spot.
TMZ reports that Brown, 23, got into an "all-out brawl with Frank Ocean Sunday night" after Brown left a studio in West Hollywood. On his way out, Ocean and his crew apparently blocked Brown from leaving and the "Thinkin’ ’Bout You" singer told Brown, "This is my studio, this is my parking spot."
According to the New York Daily News, the LA County Sheriff’s Department says Brown, who is still on probation for beating up ex-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009, was one of six men fighting outside the studio. When the authorities arrived, Brown and his entourage left the scene. Ocean, however, stuck around and reported the incident to the police and according to reports he has been listed as "the victim."
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Steve Whitmore told the Daily News that the fight "could have been a minor scuffle that was a mutual exchange. There could have been some punches thrown. It could have been shoving."
Ocean, 25, also took to Twitter to inform fans about the incident.
"Got jumped by chris and a couple guys. lol. I only wish [his dog] everest was there," he wrote. "Cut my finger now I can’t play w two hands at the grammys."
TMZ says Brown went to shake Frank’s hand but the crooner’s people attacked Brown.
Apparently, Ocean is scheduled to play at the Grammy Awards next month, where he is a leading nominee by earning six nods, including Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Album of the Year.
Police are currently investigating the incident and want to speak with Brown. Ocean said the fight started over the parking space and that Brown punched him.
"Of course, we are going to investigate," Whitmore told the Los Angeles Times. "It is our understanding it does not rise to the level of an alleged assault. As a matter of fact, it could be a minor scuffle over a parking spot."
"Chris Brown is a named suspect in a battery report," he added. "The victim is desirous of prosecution."
The Daily News notes that the singers have been at odds with each other since 2011 when Brown compared Ocean to James Fauntleroy II, an R&B songwriter who penned some of Brown’s hits, including "Superhuman," and wrote six tracks for Rihanna’s "Rated R."
"I fuck with Frank Ocean! Reminds me of a young James Fauntleroy or Kevin (Cossom)," Brown tweeted. Ocean was apparently offended and responded by saying Brown reminded him of a young Ike Turner.
"I just dont like underhanded comments. thats all im saying," Ocean wrote.
Brown fired back with, "Fuck odd future! Make sure y’all smalltime niggas stick yo chess out when u speak to me." Ocean is a member of Odd Future, an alternative hip-hop group that has been the subject of controversy over their anti-gay lyrics and lyrics towards women.
Ocean became one of most talked about musicians in 2012 after he announced on his Tumblr that he was once in love with a man. Several musicians in the rap and R&B world lauded Ocean for his openness and even Brown seemed to support the "Pyramids" crooner.
"My Opinion on the whole Frank Ocean subject is love who u wanna love," Brown tweeted. "It’s ur decision. People stop searching for BS."
This isn’t the first time Brown has gotten into a scuffle, however. Last June Brown was injured after he got into a fight with members of Drake’s crew at a nightclub in New York City. The fight was allegedly started after comments about Rihanna were thrown around.
In February 2009, Brown became a household name after he severely beat up Rihanna. There have been reports that the two have been seeing each other again after appearing in public together, tweeting photos to each other and being featured on each other’s albums.