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Frank Ocean's "Boys Don't Cry" magazine comes with a few powerful self-written passages, including a poem titled "Boyfriend." Read it here.

All the hype and trickery surrounding the follow-up to Frank Ocean's Channel Orange, released over four years ago, has been exhausting. Now, all has been forgiven. His new albumBlonde, has arrived. It comes after he shared the video to the Blonde track "Nikes" this morning and after he released an entirely different "visual album," entitled Endless, on late Thurs. night (Aug. 18). The title of the new album comes as a surprise, as it had long been thought that the it would be called Boys Don't Cry. Shortly before the release of Blonde, however, Ocean updated his website to reveal the locations of four pop-up shops, each in a different city -- LA, New York, Chicago, and London, that would be giving out a magazine called "Boys Don't Cry." 

The magazine features a CD copy of Blonde, as well as fashion photography, short stories, an interview with Lil B, and poems written by Ocean, including one titled "Boyfriend." Journalist Steven Horowitz snapped a photo of the poem as well as a handful of other pages from the mag. Here's a transcription of "Boyfriend": 

my boyfriend drives a lil bucket 
when it rain it fills up with rain 
my boyfriend he gon pick me up 
don't distract him at the wheel 
in his lane 
he's the only one 

my boyfriend he misses me when i'm gone 
so he don't forget me 
there's a song he sings 
calms his nerve, endings 
my boyfriend is friendly
and we don't want no problems 

i could say that i'm happy
they let me and my boyfriend become married 
i could say that i'm happy 
but cross my heart i didn't notice 
hope to die no never, we voted 
me and my boyfriend cast our ballot 
every kiss reads like a poem 
making wrongs right like a poem 

i couldn't say i dream of you 
because my dreams are filled with no one 
and all is lost 
me and my boyfriends we found 
we don't hope for beyonds at all 
me and my boyfriend spend time 
and that's all i'm holding on 
this time 

we got permission 
nothing's above condition 
but this ain't a thang 
it's a mission 

can't join the band so sing along 
me and my boyfriend got it going on 
sleep with fans and t shirts on 
asleep in vans your legs all strewn 
across my lap
tan lines where your watch was strapped 
you took it off to make time 

cut your hair 
you left it long 
i love to stare 
there's nothing wrong 
and if i die while i'm asleep 
i pray to God my boyfriend 
keeps my secret 
peace  

Frank also logged onto his tumblr page after the release of Blonde to share a couple of photos from "Boys Don't Cry," including the preface to the magazine -- a self-written passage that details the inspiration behind the Blonde title, a particularly eye-opening mushroom trip, his obsession with cars ("maybe it links to a deep subconscious straight boy fantasy"), how he didn't shed a tear for most of his teenage years, and how his boyhood stands as his favorite part of life. 

Image via Frank Ocean's tumblr 

He also shared images of two different Blonde album covers (see above gallery). Funnily enough, "Blond" and not "Blonde" (Apple Music's title for the album) is written on each cover. Lastly, Ocean wrote a note to his fans thanking them for their patience: 

I HAD THE TIME OF MY LIFE MAKING ALL OF THIS. THANK YOU ALL. ESPECIALLY THOSE OF YOU WHO NEVER LET ME FORGET I HAD TO FINISH. WHICH IS BASICALLY EVERY ONE OF YA’LL. HAHA. LOVE YOU. 

Frank Ocean Releases "Boys Don't Cry" Magazine, Includes "Boyfriend" Poem

Frank Ocean's "Boys Don't Cry" magazine comes with a few powerful self-written passages, including a poem titled "Boyfriend." Read it here.


All the hype and trickery surrounding the follow-up to Frank Ocean's Channel Orange, released over four years ago, has been exhausting. Now, all has been forgiven. His new albumBlonde, has arrived. It comes after he shared the video to the Blonde track "Nikes" this morning and after he released an entirely different "visual album," entitled Endless, on late Thurs. night (Aug. 18). The title of the new album comes as a surprise, as it had long been thought that the it would be called Boys Don't Cry. Shortly before the release of Blonde, however, Ocean updated his website to reveal the locations of four pop-up shops, each in a different city -- LA, New York, Chicago, and London, that would be giving out a magazine called "Boys Don't Cry." 

The magazine features a CD copy of Blonde, as well as fashion photography, short stories, an interview with Lil B, and poems written by Ocean, including one titled "Boyfriend." Journalist Steven Horowitz snapped a photo of the poem as well as a handful of other pages from the mag. Here's a transcription of "Boyfriend": 

my boyfriend drives a lil bucket 
when it rain it fills up with rain 
my boyfriend he gon pick me up 
don't distract him at the wheel 
in his lane 
he's the only one 

my boyfriend he misses me when i'm gone 
so he don't forget me 
there's a song he sings 
calms his nerve, endings 
my boyfriend is friendly
and we don't want no problems 

i could say that i'm happy
they let me and my boyfriend become married 
i could say that i'm happy 
but cross my heart i didn't notice 
hope to die no never, we voted 
me and my boyfriend cast our ballot 
every kiss reads like a poem 
making wrongs right like a poem 

i couldn't say i dream of you 
because my dreams are filled with no one 
and all is lost 
me and my boyfriends we found 
we don't hope for beyonds at all 
me and my boyfriend spend time 
and that's all i'm holding on 
this time 

we got permission 
nothing's above condition 
but this ain't a thang 
it's a mission 

can't join the band so sing along 
me and my boyfriend got it going on 
sleep with fans and t shirts on 
asleep in vans your legs all strewn 
across my lap
tan lines where your watch was strapped 
you took it off to make time 

cut your hair 
you left it long 
i love to stare 
there's nothing wrong 
and if i die while i'm asleep 
i pray to God my boyfriend 
keeps my secret 
peace  

Frank also logged onto his tumblr page after the release of Blonde to share a couple of photos from "Boys Don't Cry," including the preface to the magazine -- a self-written passage that details the inspiration behind the Blonde title, a particularly eye-opening mushroom trip, his obsession with cars ("maybe it links to a deep subconscious straight boy fantasy"), how he didn't shed a tear for most of his teenage years, and how his boyhood stands as his favorite part of life. 

Image via Frank Ocean's tumblr 

He also shared images of two different Blonde album covers (see above gallery). Funnily enough, "Blond" and not "Blonde" (Apple Music's title for the album) is written on each cover. Lastly, Ocean wrote a note to his fans thanking them for their patience: 

I HAD THE TIME OF MY LIFE MAKING ALL OF THIS. THANK YOU ALL. ESPECIALLY THOSE OF YOU WHO NEVER LET ME FORGET I HAD TO FINISH. WHICH IS BASICALLY EVERY ONE OF YA’LL. HAHA. LOVE YOU. 

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