August 16, 2016


Frank Ocean Producer Malay Gives Update on 'Boys Don't Cry': 'Art Cannot Be Rushed'

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If Frank Ocean won't speak about his new album, maybe his collaborators will?

That was the hope when producer Malay—Ocean's longtime creative partner who worked on more than half of Channel Orange's tracks—held an Ask Me Anything (AMA) session on Reddit. Despite previously saying he wouldn't be talking about Frank's long-awaited and mysteriously delayed Boys Don't Cry album, one user did elicit an answer.

One fan wrote: "I respect that you don't want us to ask about BDC and when it's going to come out. So in the interest of asking a question that acknowledges those boundaries while still addressing the elephant in the room, I'd like to know what you think about how fans have interacted with the rollout to this point. I think the major pain point for fans has been the fact that Frank has led us to believe there's something coming, and then he hasn't communicated with us at all."

Malay then gave a vague response of what's going on with the LP. "First of all we all massively appreciate and love you guys, Frank has told me this himself many times," he said, before adding, "To be fair tho, art cannot be rushed. It's about making sure the perfect aesthetic for the situation has been reached, to do that, takes constant tweaking, trial and error.. That goes for any creative sitution." He added that he would describe Ocean's process as "very focused and persistent... yet very free."

So let that tide you over while you await Boys Don't Crywhich may or may not be coming out Nov. 13 now if we're to believe Ocean's teaser photos.

Learn even more about Frank's creative process with our interview with fellow Channel Orange producer and engineer Om'mas Keith: