We Know Where Frank Ocean Is
Some time last year, Frank Ocean made an announcement claiming his album "Boys Don't Cry" would be dropping July 2015. We all waited patiently near our computers to await his blessing. July 31st, 2015 came and nothing ever happened.
As of recently, Frank claimed the album would drop this month. It hasn't and we are all pissed.
Courtesy of Pigeon and Planes, here's a timeline of all Frank Ocean sightings since last year:
APRIL 5, 2015
frankocean.com updates to an actual website. The only usable function is a Frank Ocean mailing list you can join with a riddle (“What gets whiter the dirtier it gets?,” now updated with, “What’s moving faster, the tea or the cup?”). Like everything else that follows, we’ll never know these answer to these questions. But we knew something was coming. The excitement started here.
APRIL 6, 2015
The big reveal comes out: Frank has a new record on the way. Better than that, he’s got “twoooo versions.” We don’t know if it’s an album or a magazine, but Boys Don’t Cry is slated to appear, using the hashtag #JULY2015. It’s been three years sinceChannel Orange at this point, and nearly three months since Frank’s last official release: “You Are Luhh,” his dreamy lo-fi Aaliyah cover.
APRIL 8, 2015
Frank Ocean joins James Blake on tour throughout the UK. It’s originally understood to be a James Blake tour with Frank Ocean guest starring, but that would be too good to be true. In the first of many unexplained disappointments, it’s soon revealed that the two are only “throwing club nights together.” Frank Ocean is spotted off-stage at these nights, sometimes with a camera, possibly working on material for his magazine.
APRIL 23, 2015
Christopher Breaux legally changes his name to… Frank Ocean. He had attempted to do this for a while, but some driving tickets (going 31 MPH over; whip appeal indeed) slowed him up. Frank follows in the footsteps of David Bowie and Miley Cyrus.
MAY 5, 2015
Lil B is spotted hanging out with Frank, and the entire occasion was photographed by Nabil. Lil B would go on to confirm that the interview was for Frank’s magazine. Previously, Tyler, The Creator had mentioned that he thought the magazine might be related to Frank’s love of cars.
MAY 26, 2015
Frank uploads a mysterious playlist to Soundcloud titled “states”. There are no songs on the playlist.
JUNE 26, 2015
The Supreme Court rules in favor of gay marriage with a 5-4 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges. Frank goes on Tumblr to celebrate the victory.
AUGUST 3, 2015
Some movement appears on Frank Ocean’s website, suggesting that the album is coming, albeit a tad late. A test video appears, suggesting a previously shot “Nikes” music video would appear there eventually. A hidden merch shop appears with a hoodie, t-shirt, and a Japanese designer shoe collab. After fans fiddle with the shop and site’s coding, the items and video disappear, suggesting that it was only public due to a web developer’s error.
AUGUST 22, 2015
Frank drops out of his headlining spot at FYF Festival in Los Angeles, only two days before he was supposed to hit the stage. No explanation is ever given, but Kanye West is enlisted as his replacement.
SEPTEMBER 11, 2015
Ian Connor confirms that Playboi Carti recorded with Frank Ocean in New York. Their work together has yet to appear anywhere. Frank will fly between London and New York several times over the new few months, likely working between the two.
OCTOBER 28, 2015
Frank Ocean turns 28 on the 28th of October: his golden birthday. Our present is an update from his London barber, Rodney. “Gz ain’t supposed to cry droppin very soon.”
OCTOBER 30, 2015
Alycia Bellamy—Frank Ocean’s ex-girlfriend-posts a Snapchat story in a studio. In the background you can hear a studio quality recording of Frank Ocean covering John Lennon’s “Jealous Guy.” The recording never appears anywhere but there.
NOVEMBER 23, 2015
DJ A-Trak tweets out about an upcoming track “White Ferrari,” a title that has been linked to Frank before. Alycia Bellamy and Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend support the notion that it’s a Frank Ocean track. A-Trak later deletes his tweet, and the track never surfaces.
FEBRUARY 8, 2016
Fellow Def Jam artist Alessia Cara says in an interview that she tried to listen to the new Frank record, but Def Jam didn’t have any of it. She says that Frank hasn’t shared anything with Def Jam, and is waiting on a completed project to turn in.
FEBRUARY 11, 2016
Frank Ocean makes his most public appearance in nearly a year, appearing at Kanye West’s album/Yeezy Season 3 premiere at Madison Square Garden. Frank Ocean also appears on the album, with a verse at the end of “Wolves.” It’s later edited into the powerful “Frank’s Track.” The verse is a haunting lo-fi appearance, as if Frank briefly stepped out of his cave to bless The Life of Pablo before retreating back into the darkness.
Frank's website updates with an image of a library card. At the bottom of the image, it reads "July 2016."
So there is all the evidence. After carefully analyzing all of this information, we've come up with a few different scenarios.
1) He isn't ready to drop the album: The sounds just aren't where Frank wants them to be. If this is the case, we should be happy he hasn't dropped it yet. Right?
2) He's deciding between Apple and Tidal: Kanye recently went on a rant about Apple buying Tidal. Could there be a connection?
In the end, we really do know where Frank is. HE'S WORKING ON THE ALBUM. Everyone should take it easy and just wait patiently for the man to release the music. He's a quiet guy, but I'm sure he has his reason.