Fans of Frank Ocean have been waiting for the singer’s follow-up album for years. More than a year after it was initially promised, Frank Ocean’s latest album, Boys Don’t Cry, finally has a release date: this Friday.
In a move similar to other “surprise” album drops like Chance the Rapper’s Coloring Book, Ocean’s “Boys Don’t Cry” will be exclusively on Apple’s streaming service for two weeks, and a special tie-in print publication will be available in Apple stores the same day the album drops.
Ocean had been working on the project since at least January 2013, the month he scuffled with Chris Brown outside a Los Angeles studio. Details were largely kept under wraps, but Ocean reportedly worked with producer giants like Pharrell Williams, Danger Mouse, Hit-Boy and Rodney Jerkins. In December 2014, rapper Lil B posted a Tumblr photo showing him in the studio with Ocean. “RARE photo of LIL B x FRANK OCEAN IN THE STUDIO TOGETHER!! NEW MUSIC COMING SOON! Collect this!,” B wrote.
It’s hard to guess who the collaborators will be on an album that has presumably taken four years to make, but there are some names that could end up on Boys Don’t Cry.
In 2014, a preview of Nas’ collaboration with Ocean on “No Such Thing as White Jesus” surfaced, but the track’s producer, Hit-Boy, later admitted that the song was lost along with a hard drive. Other potential collaborators reportedly include Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, Happy Perez, Charlie Gambetta and Kevin Ristro.