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.
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.
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.
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!