Ever since singer-songwriter Frank Ocean’s widely acclaimed debut “Channel Orange” back in 2012, fans have been clamoring for a new album. Four years have gone by and Ocean has remained mostly silent, releasing small snippets or hinting at an album entitled “Boys Don’t Cry.” But on August 1st, an endless live stream surfaced featuring Ocean woodworking and playing instruments. It was revealed yesterday that it was instead promotion for a 45-minute long visual album “Endless.” It is different than the teased album “Boys Don’t Cry,” and it’s rumored that Ocean will release another album this weekend but under a different time.
Ocean began his career as a ghostwriter for several prominent artists, including John Legend and Brandy, but soon after joined the hip-hop collective Odd Future. He released a solo mixtape “Nostalgia, Ultra” in 2011 to critical acclaim, and later collaborated on two tracks for Kanye West and Jay-Z’s album “Watch the Throne.” In 2012, Ocean debuted “Channel Orange” to universal acclaim, with many declaring it a masterpiece. It topped many best-of-the-year lists and garnered Ocean four Grammy nominations. Additionally, he also collaborated on tracks for Kanye West’s “Yeezus,” Jay-Z “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” and Beyoncé’s album “Beyoncé.”
“Endless” is available to stream exclusively on Apple Music.