Frank Ocean‘s Blond appears like a mirage we’ve anxiously been hoping for — we can hardly believe it’s here. Now, the album can slide right into number 1 on the Billboard 200.
This will be Frank’s first number 1 album on the Billboard 200. In 2012, Channel Orange made it to number 2.
The release of the visual album Endless, the album Blond, and the ‘zine Boy’s Don’t Cry is monumental for the hermit-like Frank. Dropping more media than ever before, fans now have buckets of Frank to soak up.
Blond’s album cover artfully features a crying Frank Ocean (the tortured artist). Ironically, Frank sports green hair under the title of “blond.”
We were also graced with an explosive visual for the first track from Blond, “Nikes.” The dark, brooding, and glitter infused video adds a new layer to Frank. He’s growing more comfortably into himself — winged eye-liner and all. You can watch the video here.
The first words of the track “Nikes,” are “I got two versions.” The line references the double album release, but also sounds humorously like “two virgins.” The visual nods to this with two statues of Mary.
From Beyonce to James Blake, Frank pulled many of his fellow artists and friends into the creation of the albums. A$AP Rocky appears in the “Nikes” video to pay tribute to A$AP Yams (“RIP”). Ocean goes on to sing “RIP Trayvon, that n*gga look just like me.” Ocean looks intently at a photo of Trayvon Martin (who was shot in 2012), then looks away in thought — considering that he could have the same fate.
Among the plethora of Frank’s music that we’re swimming in, the soulful r&b albums need to sink in.
The next date we’ll patiently wait for is for Blond and Endless to no longer be exclusive to Apple Music, and for a way to purchase Boys Don’t Cry everywhere! Back to counting the days…
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