Odd Future’s Frank Ocean is reportedly back on his grizzly after dealing with a publicized lawsuit with Chipotle Mexican Grill and has started piecing together a new solo effort.
According to reports, Ocean’s long-awaited follow-up to channel ORANGE is finally forming.
Since deleting his Twitter and Instagram accounts, the reclusive singer has shared little about the follow-up to his 2012 Grammy-winning album channel ORANGE. But in the late hours of Monday, he posted a photo of himself on Tumblr, reassuring fans that a new album is on the way. Photographer Nabil snapped the Odd Future crooner seated in the studio with his back facing the camera. “Frank in the lab.. Making sophomore album game,” said Nabil. (Rap-Up)
Last fall, Ocean inked an open blog post following an extensive music biz hiatus.
“mind is pretty blank right now. i’m sitting in my kitchen listening to age of consent by new order. i like this song.. i f*ck with that gwen stefani song ‘cool’ too, i never knew 3000 played keyboards on it- sounds like some teen coming of age movie. i used my birthday week pass to stay in my apartment for too long.. sit still and catch up on some information. i saw that movie ‘glengarry glen ross’ and ‘bottle rocket’, ‘pi’, ‘blackfish’ (sea world is the devil), ‘this is the end’ (hahaha), ‘the purge'(smh), some funny horror movie i forgot the name of ‘…’ ” (Frank Ocean’s Tumblr)
Aside from discussing a few literary works, Ocean also hinted at being back to his music-making ways.
“my homie in aussie suggested that i read ‘mr. norris changes trains’.. the writing was really nice. i read ‘the new jim crow’ it made me not f*ck with humans for an hour. oh and ‘difficult men’ which talked about great tv ..dexter, the wire, the sopranos, breaking bad and whatnot. i didn’t watch any news or read it …figured all that shit was gonna happen either way. i’m back to work these days.” (Frank Ocean’s Tumblr)
Last summer, Ocean had to fall back on an appearance at rap star Drake’s annual OVO Fest due to a vocal injury.
The opening night of next week’s OVO Fest in Toronto has been cancelled due to the vocal problems of its headliner, Frank Ocean, Live Nation announced on Tuesday. Ocean, who suffered a tear on his vocal cord last week, resulting in the cancellation of an Australian tour, was to perform on Aug. 4 at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre in Canada’s largest city. James Blake, who was to perform on the same bill as Ocean, will instead be added to the sold-out Aug. 5 show alongside Drake and Wale. Tickets for the opening night will be refunded. (Billboard)