After years and years of actual wishful thinking and elevated playful banter in the form of elevated mock marketing & what seemed to BE an “endless” amount of faux release dates, Frank Ocean has decided the world is ready for his new music. The weekend’s blessings started with a sneak 45 minute visual album appropriately titled “Endless“, where he took viewers back to the scene of the illusive livestream video that yanked on our heart strings 2 weeks ago, which simply showed Ocean working hard building “something” (seemingly a spiral staircase), while strutting his stuff and SANGING his heart out, as he only crossed his own path while working vigorously to get the job done. “Endless” was mysteriously lifted from the net on the 19th, clearing the way for the official release of his highly anticipated sophomore album “Blonde“.
Blonde (which is noticeably missing the -e on the album artwork, but remains present on Apple Music) is the follow up to Ocean’s controversial, yet overwhelmingly BEloved, debut album “channel ORANGE“, kept his faithful fan base in musical purgatory for over 4 years, but was well worth the wait…on wait on wait. The 17 track LP is decked out with many of the major elements that made him an instant household name, but also comes fully loaded with praise worthy features & production from music royalty including BEyoncé, Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Kendrick Lamar, Rick Rubin, (gospel great) Kim Burrell and repeat offender Andre 3000 (3 Stacks was also featured on channel ORANGE’s “Pink Matter“).
Blonde, which was initially slated to BE titled “Boys Don’t Cry“, officially released on August 20th at themed pop-up shops and bodegas, BEfore BEing streamed exclusively via Apple Music.
Digital Blonde Tracklist:
3. Pink + White ft. BEyoncé
4. BE Yourself
6. Skyline To ft. Kendrick Lamar
7. Self Control
8. Good Guy
10. Solo (Reprise) ft. Andre 3000
11. Pretty Sweet
12. Facebook Story ft. Sebastian
13. Close to You
14. White Ferrari
16. Godspeed ft. Kim Burrell
17. Futura Free
Physical Blonde Tracklist:
1. Pretty Sweet
2. Mitsubishi Sony
4. Pink & White ft. BEyoncé
7. Skyline To ft. Kendrick Lamar
9. White Ferrari
11. Godspeed ft. Kim Burrell
12. Futura Free
As if Frank didn’t hit us with the bow-FLEX on Blond’s features, add that to the album’s extra LIT CREDIT report…
BEyoncé Knowles Carter
Gang of four
Tyler The Creator
Kudos Francis…way to make the wait well worth it!
For those Apple Music deficient folks out there, here’s a special treat just for you…
Get your copy of BLONDE, aka Frank Ocean’s hiatus from his hiatus, on Apple Music [HERE]