Frank Ocean has been one of the most critically acclaimed hip hop artists of the last decade since his breakout mixtape ‘Nostalgia Ultra’ back in 2011. Fans will be pleased to know that he has finally broken the silence about his long awaited second studio album.
Heres what we know so far.
The album will be called ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ and will be released sometime in July. Frank Ocean reposted a message from last year suggesting the release date. The message read: “I got two versions. I got twoooo versions.’ #ISSUE1 #ALBUM3 #JULY2015,”
The post was accompanied by a picture of what looks like a library card featuring numerous date stamps, suggesting the album had been pushed back 16 times. Shortly after, Ocean’s brother Ryan Breaux tweeted a link to the singers website followed by the hashtag “#JULY2016”.
The album may be a year late but everyone who has heard it (which is seemingly a very small amount of people) claims it is the best thing Ocean has ever done. Producer Maylay hinted at Ocean’s “exploration of different vibes” and singer James Blake suggested the new record was far superior to previous release ‘Channel Orange’ stating that Ocean “is onto something, he really is”.
Despite being a former member of the highly controversial hip hop collective ‘Odd Future’, Frank Ocean has spent much of the last year behind closed doors working on ‘Boys Don’t Cry’. His last outing as a featured artist came back in February on Kanye West’s ‘The Life of Pablo’ in which he gained credit for the track ‘Wolves’.
Ocean was also outspoken about the recent tragedy in Orlando, writing a heartfelt open letter on his tumblr page last month which portrayed religion in a particularly negative light.
The biggest question surrounding ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ is who will feature on the album. Ocean has always been a very collaborative artist. It would be no surprise if some of his former Odd Future bandmates popped up and maybe there is a reason James Blake seems to know such much about the record. Perhaps even Kanye himself might make an appearance.