Since his breakout, Grammy Award-winning debut album, channel ORANGE, in 2012, fans have been calling for the sophomore effort from Odd Future‘s immensely talented singer and songwriter Frank Ocean. Well, it appears we’ll finally get it, over three years later. The album, which is currently untitled, will be out in July 2015 in addition to his new publication titled Boys Don’t Cry.
Though channel ORANGE is regarded as Ocean’s proper debut album, in a post to his website-where he’s made the informal announcement–Ocean referred to his album as “#ALBUM3” in reference to his critically acclaimed pre-album mixtape, nostalgia/ultra, which housed his first hit “Novacane.”
Ocean teased that there will be two versions–or parts, maybe?–to his album in the site post, which you can check out here. 2015 just got that much better.
We’re a little bit confused. Then again, we aren’t
Frank Ocean has, for all intents and purposes, gone missing since the release of his Grammy Award-winning debut album channel ORANGE was released in 2012. He hasn’t released a new album, EP, mixtape, or random OVO-esque collection of songs to Soundcloud in over 2 years, and needless to say, fans are getting antsy. There have been reports that his sophomore album is nearly done, there was even that picture of him in the studio taken by the all-encompassing NABIL many months ago that floated around the internet, but we’ve got nothing to press play on to show for it.
Well, yet another picture of Frank in the studio has surfaced, this time by a pretty unexpected source. Lil B posted this picture to his Tumblr, indicating that he and Frank were cooking up some new sounds.
While some may think that Frank need not dabble in the perceived depths of insanity that bring about Lil B music, let us not forget the crew with which Frank Ocean launched his career: Odd Future. If this photo actually yields new music in the coming months, we’re in for a very odd future indeed.
Photographer Nabil sheds some light on Frank Ocean fans.
Frank’s been pretty quiet after his 2012 Grammy Award win for his debut album, Channel Orange. And really, fans just want to know what’s up and when to expect some new music from the Odd Future singer. He left fans a little hopeful after posting a picture (seen above) on his Tumblr last month of him in the studio. There was no caption but celebrity photographer Nabil uploaded the same picture captioned: “Frank in the lab..Making sophomore album game.” In February 2013 the “Swim Good” artist revealed to Rolling Stone that he’s already about 10 or 11 songs into his next project. Frank also revealed that his new album picks up right where Channel Orange leaves off. The album will reportedly drop this summer, we’ll keep our fingers crossed for this one.
No United States stops, but Frank Ocean is bringing ‘channel ORANGE’ abroad.
Though he’s reportedly deeply involved in the making of his sophomore album, Frank Ocean is taking his talents to Europe and Canada. Culminating in the OVO Festival in Toronto on August 4th, the Grammy Award-winning R&B singer will be hitting Munich, Copenhagen and Amsterdam among other places this summer, and if you’re anywhere near that region, this will undoubtedly be a show you’d like to catch. Though ticket information and specific venues haven’t been announced, these are the places and dates you can catch the “Pyramids” singer.
OG Ron C slides TheSource.com an exclusive premiere of his latest “Chopped Not Slopped” production. This time the OG from H-Town delivers a stellar flip of Frank Ocean’s Channel ORANGE. Hit the download link and listen to this solid body of trill work.
Nas stepped back into Hip-Hop’s spotlight with the release of his Life Is Good album. The album which dropped Tuesday marks Nas’ tenth studio album, which takes aim on the number 1 spot. Expected to land atop the charts while moving somewhere between 115,000 and 125,000 units.
Last week in his debut Frank Ocean grabbed the number 2 spot with more than a 130,000 units moved in digitally alone. Impressive in todays market his hard copy dropped this week as well.
50 Cent is one of today’s most outspoken voices in Hip-Hop. Sometimes its in a negative light.
Recently MTV caught up with 50 Cent to get his thoughts on Frank Ocean. The G-Unit general spoke out in support of the OFWGKTA singer, “The choice of alternative lifestyle, people’s choices, are so much more visible now than it was in the past that it’s bound to happen. Anyone who has an issue with Frank Ocean is an idiot.”
He also goes on to recall his thoughts on Frank’s music.
With “Life Is Good” set to drop on July 17th, much anticipation has arisen surrounding Nas’ newest release. In a recent interview with Rap-Up, Nas was asked about the late Amy Winehouse and his collaboration with her on the track, “Cherry Wine:” “Amy was just one of a kind, you know. We just clicked like that, may she rest in peace. She’s holding me down and I’m holding her down down here…it’s just love forever.
Nas was also asked about Frank Ocean, “Channel Orange” and the latest events surrounding the artist’s second release. “Shout out to Frank Ocean…shout out to everybody that’s doing something different in music… everybody is getting excited about records for the wrong reason. Listen to the music; music is number one.”
The genius, seasoned rapper clearly has the utmost respect for Amy, and respects Mr. Ocean not only for his decision to come out, but for his music.
Watch the full interview below:
Make sure to purchase “Life Is Good” only July 17th, and if you haven’t seen the booklet and production credits, check them out here!