The new Frank Ocean album, tentatively titled Boys Don’t Cry, has been a long time coming, to say the least. After numerous false starts, the R&B crooner recently updated his website with a post that hints at a release date in either July or November 2016. Time will tell if there’s any truth to that, but the new post aligns curiously with Calvin Klein’s fall 2016 ad campaign, in which Ocean himself is featured.
Frank Ocean is one of the most artistic and enigmatic musicians working today. Though it has been more than four years since he released his debut studio album, Channel Orange, interest in Ocean hasn’t waned. Instead, it’s increased.
He is known for being a perfectionist, and a pursuant of creativity in all forms. He resists pressure and follows his own vision. He has published a magazine and worked on a novel while continuing to perfect his highly anticipated second album.
Ocean shuns interviews and social media, and prefers instead to speak through his work. He has said that when it comes to understanding music, the most important thing is to just press play.
Ocean is a powerful storyteller, using his own openness and honesty to create an emotionally intimate world in each of his songs. With his craft, his aim is not money, power, or fame, but to grow, progress, evolve and eventually be the absolute best.
So while he continues to work on that, we’ll continue to wait, as long as it takes, because when Frank Ocean does something, he does it right. The wait will be worth it.
If this news is true, we can put to rest the speculation that Ocean has been in a creative rut since 2012’s brilliant Channel Orange. Dude’s just been spreading himself thin across several mediums, and he should be giving us plenty to get excited about before the year is out.