"Nikes"

It‚Äôs been a great weekend for people interested in new Frank Ocean video content‚ÄĒand kind of a mindscrew for anyone who just wants him to get it over with and release the new album, already. Yesterday, we reported that the Channel Orange rapper had just released a new visual album, titled Endless, via Apple Music, separate from the much-anticipated sophomore effort fans have been waiting for all month. Today, Ocean released the first taste of the new compilation‚ÄĒoriginally titled Boys Don‚Äôt Cry, but not any more, according to Rolling Stone‚ÄĒwith a video for ‚ÄúNikes.‚ÄĚ

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Filled with provocative imagery‚ÄĒglowing vaginas! Talking dogs! Glitter-covered butts!‚ÄĒ‚ÄúNikes‚ÄĚ is, paradoxically, a slow, meditative examination of fame, love, and race. (At one point, Ocean holds up a picture of Trayvon Martin, while the vocals note that the dead teenager ‚Äúlook just like me.‚ÄĚ) It‚Äôs also pretty great, deeply moody and shot through with sparks of life.

There‚Äôs still no word on when the full album is coming out‚ÄĒor what it‚Äôll be called when it does‚ÄĒbut at least we‚Äôve got a little more evidence that there‚Äôs actually new music on its way, and Ocean hasn‚Äôt been spending all his free time this month playing dress-up construction worker instead.