As we move into our 13th consecutive month of July, good news has finally come to Frank Ocean fans everywhere. With the weight of Channel Orange on his shoulders, Ocean updated his website on Saturday with a new image of a library due date card. Beneath the various release dates for Boys Don’t Cry that we’ve been teased with this past year is one defining-yet-ambiguous date: July 2016.
So, now that we have a somewhat official release date for Ocean’s second album, what we really want to know is if it’ll live up to the much expected hype. Since Ocean’s been ghosting us for 13 months, he hasn’t divulged much of anything. But, thankfully for us, other people we know and trust have.
Who are these lucky few, you may ask? Check out our list below of people who have defiantly heard (or we think has heard) Boys Don’t Cry.
In a sit down interview during his cover-shoot with Complex, Chance The Rapper discussed everything from Kanye West to his new mixtape, Coloring Book. In the interview, Chance also took the time to ease the minds of Ocean fans by stating, “No one really is able to find Frank when Frank goes away…Like, literally no one, not just publications. But I know he’s away, making a masterpiece.”
Accordingly, in last month’s interview with Zane Lowe, Chance also slipped us some Boys Don’t Cry info when he began telling Lowe about Francis Starlight’s “prismizer” technique. According to Chance, the prismizer is an effect that can take any one note and build an entire choir sound around it. “It’s gonna be on Kanye’s album and on Frank’s album.” Chance said.
As the daughter of the famous and well-connected Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, we without a doubt can tell you North has heard at least snippets of Ocean’s Boys Don’t Cry while taking the long one-kilometre trek to her playroom after her afternoon nap. We can assume that North had only positive feedback on the album, as the toddler has been seen in high spirits recently, and hasn’t had any reports of any major toddler breakdowns. That, Internet friends, is something only a good Frank Ocean album can accomplish.
In late May, singer James Blake spoke about Ocean’s long-awaited album in an interview with Rolling Stone.
When discussing writing his record, The Colour in Anything, Blake accredited much of his writing style to Frank Ocean’s music. Then, the British singer went on to add that he was “more of a fan” of Frank once he heard his newer music.
“It’s better,” Blake said, “You grow, you improve, you nail a new message to the board. He’s had time to mature. It’s really cool to watch.”
Back in February, snippets from a top secret Frank Ocean listening party leaked online. While all versions of the leak were swiftly taken down from Soundcloud, those who were lucky enough to hear the hibernated Ocean have one random, unidentified photographer to thank.
The photographer posted clips of the singer’s song to Instagram with the captions, “very very secret frank ocean listening party” and “#FRANKOCEAN NEW ALBUM SOUNDING ANGELIC AS F**K.
Sounds like he liked it.
Adele’s the queen of the earth and Adele gets what she wants, when she wants it. When she complained about Frank Ocean taking his sweet old time to release Boys Don’t Cry in her November interview with Rolling Stone and then Jimmy Fallon, we have every reason to believe she got what she wanted straight away. Haven’t heard Adele making any digs at Frank Ocean lately, have you now?
In April, producer and songwriter Malay (who worked on 13 of the 17 tracks on Channel Orange) gave Pitchfork a major scoop on Ocean’s Boys Don’t Cry.
“Frank’s exploring different vibes completely on this album,” Malay said. “I wouldn’t say it’s vocally looser but just his mentality; it doesn’t seem as meticulous at certain times…He’s been working super hard. I feel like he’s working harder than he’s ever worked in his life. I’m excited for everyone to hear it. I think people are going to be pleasantly surprised, for sure.”
So there you have it. The record will be and must be FIYAH. Look out for Frank’s second album, Boys Don’t Cry, coming some day almost definitely this July. It could be today, or it could be tomorrow. We only know as much as you do.