The hip-hop star's collaborator gives an update on Ocean's forthcoming album.
Malay, the producer who has worked with Miguel, Alessia Cara, and, most recently, Zayn Malik, has given an update about perhaps his highest-profile collaborator, Frank Ocean. Speaking to Pitchfork, Malay, who worked on Ocean’s acclaimed 2012 LP Channel Orange said that “when [Ocean]’s ready, the world is gonna get” his next album.
“It could be tomorrow… well not tomorrow but maybe a month,” the producer said. “We’ve all been working hard. He’s been working super hard. I feel like he’s working harder than he’s ever worked in his life. I’m excited for everyone to hear it. I think people are going to be pleasantly surprised, for sure.”
Ocean has largely flown under the radar since releasing Channel Orange. He teased the follow-up to the album — rumored to be titled Boys Don’t Cry — nearly a year ago with a clue that it would drop in July 2015, but the record never materialized. And he canceled a headlining set at August’s FYF Festival due to a “scheduling conflict.” However, Ocean recently appeared on Kanye West’s album The Life of Pablo, indicating that a return could be imminent.
Revisit EW’s interview with Malay about his work on Zayn’s solo debut Mind of Mine here.