I got three versions. I got threeee versions #blonde pic.twitter.com/c8F5bNoFlA
— Genius (@Genius) August 21, 2016
Frank Ocean loves playing hard to get. After almost a year of teasing, rumors, and false release dates, the R&B prodigy finally released his second album Blonde (Blond?) on Saturday. (Eds. Note: It’s spectacular.) Coming just two days after his visual album Endless dropped, Ocean’s new LP came out alongside a book/oversized magazine/zine titled Boys Don’t Cry. But while Blonde was easy to find on Apple Music, Boys Don’t Cry was only available at special pop-up shops in New York, London, Chicago, and Los Angeles.
The publication, which came with a copy of Blonde and had contributions from folks like James Blake and Kanye West, was free for fans who got to the pop-ups in time to get one. But capitalism being what it is, those once-free copies of Boys Don’t Cry have already started showing up on eBay– and they’re not cheap. As of this writing, auctions for the magazine/thingamabob were running between $300 and $2,000. If that’s too rich for your blood, there may be hope on the horizon. Ocean’s mother, Katonya Breaux Riley, tweeted early this morning “Don’t pay those ridiculous prices for the mags on eBay. Just hang tight a sec.” Does that mean Boys Don’t Cry will be more widely available soon? Seems like it–but again, this is a Frank Ocean project, so we won’t know until it’s already happening.