Read Tyler, the Creator’s poem from Frank Ocean’s ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ magazine, “Tricolor"

Read Tyler, the Creator’s poem from Frank Ocean’s ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ magazine, “Tricolor"
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Source: Getty Images

While his editorial distribution could use some improvement, Frank Ocean pulled out all the stops with his Boys Don't Cry magazine. The limited release of the print publication — which accompanies Ocean's highly anticipated album, Blonde — features an impressive list of collaborators, including his former Odd Future bandmate, Tyler, the Creator. 

The rapper contributed a short poem to the magazine, titled "Tricolor," that merges important moments in his life with transportation. Check out the poem below via the Fader.


The early chapters of my book included bus passes 
Now its tire traction off like fuck crashes, ask him how? 
Insurance higher than the lease bill, run flats when the feet peel 
Fish tail, the boy eats meals, tummy ache from my cheap thrills 
Granny hug the way the seat feel, on the left turn, leave the neck burned 
From the frost bit links, size of an earth worm, wasted on last check earned 
I'm, expecting this so it aint odd, two 5's on the paint job, lactose, wide body, fat ghost 
Granny's watch over me when I act slow, rev till I plateau 
Keys sorted on the hip, Jeff Gordon is his mind, life's forza on the strip 
Switch gears like I take breaths, wish I had 8 
Left 6 got skipped, went to 7th from the 5th 
More advance than your average, 
I like coupes, two shit 
When my friends pull up, stops turn into a pageant 
But until I get that enzo, its chapter uno 
But I know what that bus pass turned into, its magic


Boys Don't Cry also features a poem from Kanye West about McDonald's (their french fries apparently have an evil "plan"); an interview between Ocean and Lil B, aka the Based God; a poem from Ocean, titled "Boyfriend"; and a pitch for a TV series

If anyone's looking for a copy — and has some cash to throw around — they're selling just south of $1,000 on eBay. However, there may be better options coming soon. Ocean's mother, Katonya Breaux, urged fans not to "pay those ridiculous prices" and to "just hang tight a sec" instead.

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Miles Surrey

Miles is a staff writer at Mic, covering culture. He is based in New York and can be reached at miles@mic.com.

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