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Frank Ocean Teases Sophomore Album Release Date With Cryptic Image

Frank Ocean "late" blog post

Frank Ocean fans have learned to be cautious of any cryptic teasers the R&B singer-songwriter drops pertaining to his long-awaited sophomore album, but his latest clue may be the one.

James Blake Confirms Frank Ocean’s Upcoming Album Is Better Than ‘Channel Orange'

On Saturday morning (July 2), Pitchfork noted that Ocean updated his Boys Don't Cry website with a blog post titled "late" which is accompanied by an image of a library slip covered with dates. Some are crossed out, some aren't. All of the dates listed have come and gone, except one...November 13, 2016.

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Could it be? Is Frank Ocean's follow-up to Channel Orange coming this Winter? Let's hope so. In April 2015, Ocean uploaded a picture with a caption that said the following: "I got two versions. I got twoooo versions. #ISSUE1 #ALBUM3 #JULY2015 #BOYSDONTCRY." Nothing ended up dropping in July which is probably why "July 02 2015" is crossed off at the top of the library slip. 

Is Frank Ocean Releasing His New Album Tonight?

It's been nearly four years since he dropped his debut LP. In an interview with Rolling Stone, indie-electronic artist James Blake commented that he prefers Ocean's new music compared to the music featured on Channel Orange. "I was more of a fan of him when I heard his newer music. It's better. You grow, you improve, you nail a new message to the board. He's had time to mature. It's really cool to watch." 

The hype is real. All we can do now is hope and pray that Frank Ocean meets his new deadline, November 13, 2016. Mark your calendar!

James Blake Confirms Frank Ocean’s Upcoming Album Is Better Than ‘Channel Orange'

Frank Ocean James Blake

It's been nearly four years since Frank Ocean dropped his debut album, Channel Orange. The Def Jam Recordings release shot up to No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and was led by his R&B single, "Thinkin Bout You."

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, indie-electronic James Blake talked about his newest LP, The Colour in Anything, which Ocean contributed on. The two worked together on "My Willing Heart" and "Always," although Ocean isn't featured on either titles.

Blake told Rolling Stone that Ocean's music played a "huge influence on the way I was writing the record, the way I was writing melodies." That being said, Blake isn't referring to Channel Orange, but rather the R&B singer-songwriter's forthcoming album.

"I was more of a fan of him when I heard his newer music. It's better. You grow, you improve, you nail a new message to the board. He's had time to mature. It's really cool to watch." Details regarding Ocean's sophomore LP have yet to be revealed, but given Blake's co-sign, we can only imagine how the talented act will top himself.

However, what we do know is that he has incorporated a unique vocal styling known as "prismizer" into the project that gives off a harmonic choir sound. Those interested can learn more about the processing effect here in Chance The Rapper's interview with Zane Lowe.

Stay tuned for more info on Frank Ocean's upcoming album here! 

 

 

 

Listen To An Unreleased Version Of Kanye West’s “WOLVES” Ft. Frank Ocean, Vic Mensa & Sia

Listen To An Unreleased Version Of Kanye West’s “WOLVES” Ft. Frank Ocean, Vic Mensa & Sia - Featured Image

“Wolves,” the unofficial lead single that jump started the anticipation around Kanye West’s seventh album over a year ago, has gone through quite a transformation since it was debuted at the initial Yeezy Season 1 release in NYC.

‘Ye turned his attention to avant-garde production specialists Cashmere Cat and Sinjin Hawke to create an eerily soothing framework for Vic Mensa and and Sia to lay a string of emotionally charged vocals over.

The wait for a CDQ version kept many on their toes leading up The Life Of Pablo’s recent release, but a different version featuring Caroline Shaw and Frank Ocean made the cut and sparked a fair bit of backlash & debate on what happened to the original version.

Shortly after TLOP was premiered on Tidal, Kanye sent out a tweet revealing plans of fixing “Wolves.” Speculation on what that exactly meant has kept the internet buzzing leading up to today's discovery of an alternative variation with studio quality vocals from Kanye, Vic, Sia, and Frank Ocean.

We are unsure if this is some bit of sneakery from Kanye ahead of the forthcoming G.O.O.D Friday releases or just a well-put together replica of what the studio version would sound like, but you can be the judge after streaming the tune below.

Kanye West - WOLVES Ft. Frank Ocean, Vic Mensa & Sia

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