FYI, Frank Ocean Just Dropped Two New Singles And Yes They Slappeth

Late last year, my future husband and R&B king Frank Ocean teased new music. Two songs in fact.

And now, right when we need it most, we finallyyyyy have a way to listen to it.

You’re welcome, gang. 

Wait, when did Frank Ocean tease new music?

Last October, Ocean held a special live event to commemorate the opening of his New York night club PrEP+. The event and venue was made in honour of the lives of the queer performers lost during the HIV outbreak. To Ocean, it was a way to imagine what the New York club scene would’ve been like if drag and queer ballroom legends survived the pandemic. 

During the event, Ocean debuted two new songs, “Dear April” and “Cayendo.” But, he asked for it to be a camera-free event, which made the songs an exclusive inside secret among those that attended. 

Thankfully for us, shortly afterwards, my man unveiled vinyls of the two songs on his website. And, the fans who bought them just got them in the mail and are sharing them for a slow-jam-craving ears. 

So, where can you listen to Frank Ocean’s new music, “Dear April” and “Cayendo?”

Much like when Donald Glover teased music from his new album 3.15.20, when the songs first broke the internet there was currently no official way to stream Ocean’s new songs. And, much like the fan response to the former, people were taking things into their own hands and sharing files online. 

But, thankfully for us, the songs are now on Spotify.

From a quick listen, both songs fit the style of Frank Ocean, R&B slow jam grooves about heartache, yearning and young love. In “Dear April,” Ocean seems to be singing about strangers in love and slow jams sorrows. In “Cayendo,” Ocean sings in English and Spanish. 

In 2016, Frank Ocean pulled off the biggest heist in music history. Stuck in a contract with recording studio Def Jam Recordings, he produced a visual album exclusive to Apple Music called Endless, thereby finishing his contract. Then, he independently released his smash hit studio album Blonde immediately after, making according to Billboard, roughly $2.2 million in profits. Damn boy.

Since then he’s been tapping into fashion and other avenues like PrEP+. He released the single “In My Room” last year, which fans anticipate is part of the new album he’s been teasing for eons. “Dear April” and “Cayendo” are likely to be on it, too.

In the meantime, we’ll be here, listening to his whole discography again and again, and crying in our room and partying with our friends on Zoom, lol.

Julian Rizzo-Smith is a writer and producer. He also claims to be a vine historian, avid connoisseur of low-fi beats, indie hip hop and Kermit memes. In a perfect world, he’d be married to Tyler the Creator, own an Arcanine and a Lapras, and don his own Sailor Scouts uniform. He tweets @GayWeebDisaster, which is also, coincidentally, how one might describe him.

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