Frank Ocean collaborator Malay warned fans last week that he would not be giving updates on Ocean's eagerly awaited second album, Boys Don't Cry, during an upcoming AMA Reddit. Well, the Reddit happened on Monday night and, believe it or don't, the Channel Orange co-producer (born James Ho) eventually was pushed to say something, anything about the mysterious project in the chat on an Ocean-related page.
As reported by Fader, the crack in his facade came after one participant explained fans' frustration at the roll-out. "I respect that you don't want us to ask about BDC and when it's going to come out. So in the interest of asking a question that acknowledges those boundaries while still addressing the elephant in the room, I'd like to know what you think about how fans have interacted with the rollout to this point," the fan wrote. "I think the major pain point for fans has been the fact that Frank has led us to believe there's something coming, and then he hasn't communicated with us at all."
The commentor then ran down the list of teases, from the library card, to the maddening looped video of desks. "I feel like I've put some amount of trust in Frank and gotten really excited about the rollout he's chosen to give us, but I believe that's been betrayed to an extent," Arrogantdesperado wrote.
Malay was spurred to answer and defend his friend, whose debut returned to the Billboard 200 last week after three years. "First of all we all massively appreciate and love you guys, Frank has told me this himself many times," he wrote. "To be fair tho, art cannot be rushed. It's about making sure the perfect aesthetic for the situation has been reached, to do that, takes constant tweaking, trial and error.. That goes for any creative sitution." He described Ocean's process as "very focused and persistent... yet very free."
The AMA also touched on when the two first met (in Atlanta in 2008), their first joint project (writing a song for Mario) and what Ocean smells like ("if God was a woman"). But the most tantalizing tease from Malay came after his casual mention of something called the "Booty Club," to which a fan responded, "WHAT DOES BOOTY CLUB MEAN?"
Malay's answer was cryptic at best. "Everyone will get a ticket to the booty club who wants one." You've been warned.
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INDIO, CA - APRIL 13: Singer Frank Ocean performs onstage at the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival held at The Empire Polo Field on April 13, 2012 in Indio, California. (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images for Coachella)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 06: Recording artist Frank Ocean arrives at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards at Staples Center on September 6, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 21: Singer Frank Ocean performs All Tomorrow's Parties Festival - Day 1 at Pier 36 on September 21, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)
Frank Ocean poses on arrival for the GQ Men of the Year Party at Chateau Marmont on Sunset Blvd., in Hollywood, California, on November 13, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Singer Frank Ocean attends the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Singer Frank Ocean arrives at the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Singer Frank Ocean accepts an award onstage at the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Singer Frank Ocean performs onstage at the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 20: Frank Ocean poses with the International Male Solo Artist award in the press room at the Brit Awards 2013 at the 02 Arena on February 20, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 01: Frank Ocean attends the Christian Dior Fall/Winter 2013 Ready-to-Wear show as part of Paris Fashion Week on March 1, 2013 in Paris, France. (Photo by Petroff/Dufour/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 05: Frank Ocean (L) and Princess Deena al-Juhani-Abdulaziz attend the Chanel Fall/Winter 2013 Ready-to-Wear show as part of Paris Fashion Week at Grand Palais on March 5, 2013 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 23: Frank Ocean attends the 2013 Time 100 Gala at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 23: Frank Ocean attends TIME 100 Gala, TIME'S 100 Most Influential People In The World at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for TIME)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - MAY 04: Frank Ocean performs on stage on Day 6 of New Orleans Jazz Festival on May 4, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by David Redfern/Redferns via Getty Images)