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Frank Ocean Might Be Working on a Novel

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Oh when, oh when, oh when will Frank Ocean’s Boys Don’t Cry arrive? Between a tease of an upcoming release date and a surprise Calvin Klein advertising campaign, the elusive Ocean has given us a solid handful of tantalizing bits of information this month. And now, musical pursuits aside, he might even have something a little more literary up his sleeve. As first pointed out by Stereogum, an eagle-eyed Reddit user — through a JavaScript code on — discovered what looks like evidence that Ocean has been working on a novel. The full press release reads:

Frank Ocean is one of the most artistic and enigmatic musicians working today. Though it has been more than four years since he released his debut studio album, Channel Orange, interest in Ocean hasn’t waned. Instead, it’s increased.

He is known for being a perfectionist, and a pursuant of creativity in all forms. He resists pressure and follows his own vision. He has published a magazine and worked on a novel while continuing to perfect his highly anticipated second album.

Ocean shuns interviews and social media, and prefers instead to speak through his work. He has said that when it comes to understanding music, the most important thing is to just press play.

Ocean is a powerful storyteller, using his own openness and honesty to create an emotionally intimate world in each of his songs. With his craft, his aim is not money, power, or fame, but to grow, progress, evolve, and eventually be the absolute best. So while he continues to work on that, we’ll continue to wait, as long as it takes, because when Frank Ocean does something, he does it right. The wait will be worth it.

Ocean or his reps have yet to comment on the novel’s existence. But if true, we agree — it’ll certainly be worth the wait.