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The New Frank Ocean Music Was Too Good to Be True
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Update: Bad news, folks. Pitchfork and other outlets are reporting that it appears Frank Ocean’s Tumblr has been hacked. The earlier posts on his social media have since been deleted.
Original post below:
Even the slightest tease that Frank Ocean might have new music is something that will rattle the music industry to its core. In 2017 and 2018, he trickled out a handful of songs that made a number of year-end lists—but never released a proper album. Ocean waited four years between his groundbreaking debut Channel Orange and his decade-defining Blonde.
Now, nearly two years after Blonde, Ocean has mysteriously teased some new music. A post on his Tumblr says: “March 1st… SOLANA + KL + ANDRE… HERE FOR THE BEANS,” which hints at collaborations with SZA, Kendrick Lamar, and André 3000. Another post reads, “? (2019) ? (2019) ? (2020).”
This is an extremely Frank Ocean announcement. Back in 2016, Frank Ocean’s release of Blonde came as a massive shock to fans and the industry. First, he released the video album Endless and followed that up days later with the proper release of Blonde. Ocean is known to operate at his own speed and frequency. So when he asks if he’ll release in 2019 or 2020, we can expect something to come out any time between March 1, 2019 and March 1, 2025.
If this is an album or a single song that brings together Ocean with SZA, Lamar, and André, this would be a gathering of some of the most genius minds in hip-hop, pop, and R&B. It’s hard to imagine more talent on one album or track.
Last year, Ocean shared a beautiful cover of “Moon River,” and had a prolific 2017 with new tracks “Provider,” “Chanel,” “Biking,”” and “Lens.”
Though there are no promises that we’ll get anything at all, the fact that Ocean gave us a bit of a heads up is more than we can usually expect from him.