Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean Drops ‘Blonde’ After Releasing ‘Endless’ Visual Album

Frank Ocean’s fans have been waiting for his new album forever, and now they got more than they bargained for. Just a few days ago, the 28-year-old singer released his visual album, Endless. But he had even more in store for his fans.

On Saturday, Aug. 20, Frank Ocean surprised his fans when he dropped his second new album, Blonde. Fans have been freaking out over the news of Ocean’s visual album and his new digital album because they know they have a lot of catching up to do. Just two days after Ocean made his official return to music, he released Endless, four years after his debut album, Channel Orange.

Then, he released his other full-length album, Blonde, which features 17 tracks and is only available on iTunes and Apple Music. It also features the track “Nikes,” which Ocean dropped as a music video on Saturday morning, along with a feature with Andre 3000 on “Solo (Reprise),” notes Mic.com.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Ocean opened up about the creation of his long-awaited new LP, in a series of Tumblr posts.

“I found it romantic, sometimes, editing this project. The whole time I felt as though I was in the presence of a $16m McLaren F1 armed with a disposable camera. My memories are in these pages, places close by and long a**-numbing flights away. Recording in Tokyo, NYC, Miami, LA, London, Paris. Stopping in Berlin to witness Berghain for myself. Trading jewels and soaking in parables with the many-headed Brandon aka BaseGod in conversation.”

The album also comes with a special publication of the project that fans have been waiting to read: Boys Don’t Cry. It’s currently being sold in pop-up shops in Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York. While Ocean didn’t go into depth of the tracks on Endless and Blonde, he did touch upon how “Godspeed” stems from his “boyhood” and how it ties in with his other project.

“Boys do cry, but I don’t think I shed a tear for a good chunk of my teenage years. It’s surprisingly my favorite part of life so far. Surprising, to me, because the current phase is what I was asking the cosmos for when I was a kid. Maybe that part had its rough stretches too, but in my rearview mirror it’s getting small enough to convince myself it was all good. And really though… It’s still all good.”

On Saturday, after dropping his new album Blonde, the R&B singer took to Tumblr to write a sweet note to his fans to thank them for sticking around all these long four years, according to another Mic.com report.

“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 ya’ll. Haha. Love you.”

Now, with two full-length albums and a 360-page Boys Don’t Cry magazine finally out, fans have a lot of catching up to do when it comes to Frank Ocean. Ocean didn’t work totally alone on his new album for Blonde. It includes a long list of “album contributors,” according to his section from Boys Don’t Cry magazine.

According to the publication, he credits André 3000, Beyoncé, David Bowie, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Jamie xx, the Beatles, Brian Eno, Elliott Smith, Pharrell, among many others. For example, André 3000’s verse can be heard on the track “Solo (Reprise)” and Beyoncé’s voice can be heard at the end at the track, “Pink + White.”

What are your thoughts on Frank Ocean’s visual album, Endless, and his new digital album, Blonde? Share your thoughts below in the comments section.

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