Fans of Frank Ocean were sent into a frenzy earlier today, with a hacker teasing the release of new music by the hip-hop icon.
Ever since dropping his debut solo mixtape, Nostalgia, Ultra, in 2011, Frank Ocean has been something of a perennial hip-hop favourite.
Following up with 2012’s Channel Orange, and the release of both Blonde and video album Endless in 2016, fans have been waiting to hear a new collection of new music from Frank Ocean ever since.
However, these fans might have been extremely excited earlier today when a mysterious post appeared on Ocean’s Tumblr account, suggesting new music was on the way.
With a message that read “March 1st …Solana + KL + Andre”, fans began to speculate that Frank Ocean would be releasing a new song at the start of March that featured contributions from SZA, Kendrick Lamar, and OutKast’s André 3000.
Adding credence to this message was the fact that it also featured the phrase “here for the beans”, which was soon noted to be the same name as an Instagram account that Frank Ocean follows.
Before long, more messages began to show up, including one that read “? (2019) ? (2019) ? (2020)”, undoubtedly getting fans believing at least three new projects were on the way.
Check out posts regarding Frank Ocean’s Tumblr hack:
— LordTreeSap (@LordTreeSap) February 5, 2019
good morning to everyone except the person who hacked frank ocean’s tumblr pic.twitter.com/Z2GtZkdnfN
— jan (@jancecilla) February 5, 2019
Sadly it all became clear that Frank Ocean’s account was hacked, when another post appeared that shared an email address, offering fans the chance to contact the poster if they were “interested in buying unreleased Frank songs.”
Another post also appeared with a link to a Polish Instagram user’s page, promising that if the linked post got 25,000 likes, the promised song from earlier would be released.
At this stage, Frank Ocean has not commented on the leak, though all of the offending posts have been taken down from his Tumblr account.
Sadly, it looks like we’ll have to wait a little bit longer before we hear any new (official) music from Frank Ocean.