Def Jam definitely releasing Frank Ocean LP

By | Published on Monday 11 June 2012

Frank Ocean

So on Friday R&B type Frank Ocean posted a trailer implying he was releasing something entitled ‘Channel Orange’ (an LP, an EP, or a signature citrus fragrance… at first we just couldn’t be sure).

Acting without explanation or introduction, the OFWGKTA associate and Kan-Z collaborator flagged up the vid – complete with soundtrack about a stripper named Cleopatra – on his Tumblr, closing it with the cryptic tagline “Channel Orange 7.17.12”. Certainly, an official debut from Ocean has been in the offing since he declined to give his 2011 mixtape ‘Nostalgia, Ultra’ a release via his then new label Def Jam, instead promising to prepare a full-length for issue via the Universal division later this year.

And Def Jam HQ has now confirmed that ‘Channel Orange’ is indeed Ocean’s debut LP proper, and that it’ll be released on 17 Jul. So you can all feel safe in that knowledge as you take in the trailer, and/or stream and download a copy of the Cleopatra-the-stripper-song aka ‘Pyramids’, as Ocean has now shared in its entirety. All ten minutes of it.