With the approach of the fourth anniversary of Frank Ocean’s first album release—channel ORANGE, which dropped on July 10, 2012—obsession over the arrival of the follow-up has mounted among fans and critics alike.
Days after Calvin Klein premiered new ads, one of which featured Ocean, a resourceful Redditor was browsing through the fashion brand's website source code and found some interesting information. Within the code, the user found a bio that listed Ocean’s accomplishments along with new information suggesting he is a novelist: “He has published a magazine and worked on a novel while continuing to perfect his highly anticipated second album.”
Read the full bio below:
"Frank Ocean is one of the most artistic and enigmatic musicians working today. Though it has been more than four years since he released his debut studio album, Channel Orange, interest in Ocean hasn’t waned. Instead, it’s increased.
He is known for being a perfectionist, and a pursuant of creativity in all forms. He resists pressure and follows his own vision. He has published a magazine and worked on a novel while continuing to perfect his highly anticipated second album.
Ocean shuns interviews and social media, and prefers instead to speak through his work. He has said that when it comes to understanding music, the most important thing is to just press play.
Ocean is a powerful storyteller, using his own openness and honesty to create an emotionally intimate world in each of his songs. With his craft, his aim is not money, power, or fame, but to grow, progress, evolve and eventually be the absolute best.
So while he continues to work on that, we’ll continue to wait, as long as it takes, because when Frank Ocean does something, he does it right. The wait will be worth it."
This latest information has left Ocean fans even more confused as to when they will see the release of his forthcoming album. An update to Ocean’s website hinted that new material may arrive in July.
After checking out the complete guide to Ocean’s second album, revisit the fourth installment of Fuse podcast Back of the Class, in which the hosts discuss the leaked Frank Ocean material from earlier this year.