Frank Ocean told us back in 2015 that he would have "two versions ... twooo versions" of his upcoming project. He wasn't lying. He was just taking his time.
Saturday, after dropping Blond, his second full album in two days, the R&B hitmaker posted a short-but-sweet Tumblr note to his fans to thank them for sticking with him through this terrible, years-long limbo.
"I had the time of my life making all of this," Ocean wrote. "Thank you all. Especially those of you who never let me forget I had to finish. Which is basically every one of ya'll. Haha. Love you."
The elusive artist nearly slipped out of the public eye over the last four years. The last two were especially tumultuous and confusing with Ocean consistently missing release dates and dropping tedious livestreams. The only place he could be reliably found was on Tumblr. He took to the platform to eulogize Prince and express his utter amazement at Trump's habit of "spinning a tragedy for political gain."
This, however, is one of the only posts he's actually addressed to his fans since the seemingly endless watch for new music began in earnest.
His words suggest that he actually sympathizes in a way with the trials he put them through. But that's ancient history at this point. With two albums and a 360-page Boys Don't Cry magazine out in the world, fans have more Ocean than they likely know what to do with.
Ocean also shared an essay discussing his car obsession, the process putting together the album and his childhood. "Boys do cry, but I don't think I shed a tear for a good chunk of my teenage years," Ocean writes. "It's surprisingly my favorite part of life so far, surprising to me, because the current phase is what I was asking the cosmos for when I was a kid."
Read that essay below or here.
Aug. 21, 2016, 10:49 a.m.: This story has been updated.