We've all been waiting sometime for a Frank Ocean album and with it he give us a lot to think about, Balmain, mascara, and The Black Lives Matter Movement. Channel Orange, Ocean's first studio album and much beloved masterpiece was released 4 years ago. That's 525,600 minutes, much too long in this day of 45 second Snapchat videos for most pop stars to stay relevant. But Frank Ocean is unlike most pop artists, and is worth the wait.
In the past two days Frank has given us the gift of Endless, a visual album featuring a diverse list of artists including Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood, Jazmine Sullivan and James Blake to name a few, and is set to release a second album, Blonde (once billed as Boys Don't Care). Only Queen Bey can drop a visual spectacle without a days notice. Now, we know Ocean can too, and he may have just upped the ante with the possibility of a second album release in less than two weeks!
Today in even more Frank Ocean news he dropped the video, Nike. It's the possible lead single to the second album, Blonde. Who Knows? Much of what Ocean does is shrouded in mystery. In this video Ocean gives us beautiful, sexy and cryptic imagery all in one. The lyrics are enigmatic, but he does give a tribute to Trayvon Martin and hints at the Black Lives Matter Movement. He does this all while wearing a sequin studded Balmain bodysuit, glitter and mascara around his eyes. This is a huge statement especially given some resistance from a few of the Black Lives Matter followers who take issue with homosexuality or queerness. Even brilliant and possibly the most outspoken Black Lives Matter activist, Deray McKesson has seen some backlash on twitter because he is openly gay. One twitter troll said, "I wish derby wasn't a homosexual male..he would have had more support from black males..its hard for us to take instruction from a gay male." There have been articles written, " Why Black Men Don't Support Black Lives Matter Activist DeRay McKesson."
Frank Ocean is no stranger to ignorant statements either. Ocean has faced some backlash about his sexuality from the rap community. Artist, T-Pain claimed that he knew rappers who refused to work with Frank because of his sexuality. This is very disappointing because Gay Rights, Human Rights and Black Lives Matter have so much in common and can be allies. We just hope that Frank continues to stand in his truth and continues to be a major conduit between two worlds that have so much in common. On a side note Frank that eye makeup is everything. Makeup goals!
For a look at Endless checkout Ocean's site: Boysdontcry.co