There’s Still No Frank Ocean Album, Here’s Why

Frank Ocean is king of the send-off.

You know the ones who serve all the right talking points only to have you searching for something that clearly can’t be found? In turn sending you on a dummy mission in the end.

Yeah, thanks, but no thanks, Frank. We won’t fall for it anymore.

The latest #FindingFrank excursion came when the singer hinted that he’d be dropping the follow-up project to 2012’s Channel Orange. Turns out, that was a fail on so many levels.

And of course, weeks later, there’s still no album and no word from Mr. Ocean.

Is it ever going to happen?? #frankocean #oddfuture #hiphop #like4like #like4follow #likeforlike

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However, Frank’s producer, Malay, got caught in a jedi mind game during a Reddit AMA session and said the following:

First of all we all massively appreciate and love you guys, Frank has told me this himself many times. To be fair tho, art cannot be rushed. It’s about making sure the perfect aesthetic for the situation has been reached, to do that, takes constant tweaking, trial and error.. That goes for any creative situ[a]tion.

Initially, Malay offered a disclaimer, stating he wouldn’t answer any questions regarding Frank’s album. But, one clever Frank fan skirted the direct question and painted a picture of the confused, frustrated fan who is desperately seeking answers as to why there isn’t any new music. A snippet can be read below:

I think the major pain point for fans has been the fact that Frank has led us to believe there’s something coming, and then he hasn’t communicated with us at all. As someone who has believed in Frank and the communication he HAS given us throughout the process, who checked all day on July 31st because of the library card, who watched the first 2 hours of the looped stream on the morning of August 1st expecting something to happen , who left the stream on his TV all night on August 5th after the (honestly really awesome) suspense the stream built on August 4th, I feel like I’ve put some amount of trust in Frank and gotten really excited about the rollout he’s chosen to give us, but I believe that’s been betrayed to an extent.

So, there it is. No album…because, art.

Here’s a suggestion for Frank and his people: Please stop mentioning, or hinting at, a drop date …ever. Frank fans could probably take the delay, and just appreciate the project whenever it becomes available, if they were constantly promised it will happen soon.