As a teenager, Hynes was scouted by Charlton Athletic, a League One professional English football club "whose players often go on to the Premier League powerhouse Tottenham Hotspur." However, Hynes left the club at age 17 in favor of a brief attempt at English literature in East London. “'[Football] is what I was meant to do,'” Hynes told the Times. “'[Music] is not the thing that was meant to go down.'”
Lucky for us, music did go down, and Blood Orange will release his new album Negro Swan on August 24. Watch videos for "Charcoal Baby" and "Jewelry," plus a performance of "Chewing Gum" with A$AP Rocky on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.