Profile: Frank Ocean via USA Today, Photo: Jordan Strauss, AP
Album cover, Twitter @Apple
Album cover, Twitter @Apple

R&B singer Frank Ocean’s long awaited album is finally here, with a few extra goodies. A four-year hiatus, compounded by multiple delays on his new album rubbed fans the wrong way. However, Ocean’s multi-album delivery seems to have made it well worth the wait.

I had the time of my life making all of this. Thank you all. Especially those of you who never let me forget I had to finish. Which is basically every one of y’all,”

Ocean wrote on his Tumblr blog,

The reclusive artist released two albums, Blonde, a 17-track LP and a surprise visual album, “Endless,” to Apple Music. The latter, which was made public late Thursday, is a slow 45-minute video over a black-and-white film shot by Francisco Soriano.

Both projects are a creative and poetic expression, in which many of the songs, Mr. Ocean uses his low and dreamy vocals.

 Nike, Twitter @Apple
Nike, Twitter @Apple

Among other projects is a video for the song “Nikes,” and a 360-page art magazine, Boys Don’t Cry. It contains interviews with Ocean’s mom and Lil B and pictures taken by the artist himself.

Ocean included multi-scene screenplays, horoscopes and a “hopes and dreams” segment where several young men answered questions like “What’s the most amazing thing you’ve ever witnessed?” and “What three superpowers do you wish you had?” The magazine includes a CD version of Blonde.  Boys Don’t Cry made available free at pop-up shops in four cities — Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and London.

The album was one of the most anticipated albums of the year with each pushback intriguing fans and building curiosity as well as incredulity. An overpour of memes hit the internet about the ‘Thinkin Bout You’ artist who even poked fun at himself.

He posted the news of an album on the way on his website in a post titled “Late” with a picture of a library card with several missed dates crossed out.

The new album Blonde makes up for it. It addresses a range of matters from the “paranoia of the digital age” to loneliness. One of the verses includes, “I couldn’t gauge your fears/I can’t relate to my peers.” Other topics are “class, materialism, and passion.” On the list of high profile contributors, you can find André 3000, James Blake, Jamie xx, Kanye West, Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell Williams, Rick Rubin and more.

View the tracks below:

Blonde Track List

1. “Nikes.”
2. “Ivy.”
3. “Pink + White.”
4. “Be Yourself.”
5. “Solo.”
6. “Skyline To.”
7. “Self Control.”
8. “Good Guy”
9. “Nights.”
10. “Solo (Reprise)”
11. “Pretty Sweet”
12. “Facebook Story”
13. “Close To You.”
14. “White Ferrari”
15. “Seigfried”
16. “Godspeed”
17. “Futura Free”

Written By: Taylor Bennett


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