Published Aug 16, 2016Malay had a huge hand in helping shape the sound of Frank Ocean's dynamite debut album Channel Orange — which came out four years, one month and six days ago, but who's counting? — and the producer has been working away in the studio with Ocean on the highly anticipated follow-up. Yesterday (August 15), he took a bit of a break to field questions from fans in the form of a Reddit AMA.
Inviting users to "ask me anything," Malay was fairly open when it came to discussing the process behind Channel Orange, describing the vibe as "two friends hanging out," and explaining that the beats, melodies and words often came to fruition "simultaneously" rather than one at a time.
But when the discussion turned to Boys Don't Cry, things seemed as vague as ever. "First of all we all massively appreciate and love you guys, Frank has told me this himself many times," Malay 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 situation."
When asked what Ocean was building in the previously shared teaser video, Malay simply offered a pensive thinking face emoji.
As for questions about the release date, which has been flipping and flopping for what seems like forever now, Malay responded: "Never heard of an actual date. Then again I don't pay attention to a lot of stuff."
Adding another layer of mystery (beneath a shroud of balloon emojis), Malay frequently referenced "the booty club." He listed it as one of his upcoming projects, promised that "everyone will get a ticket to the booty club who wants one," and told many inquisitive users that the answer to their questions could be found there.
Understandably confused Redditors begged for more information, merely being given cryptic answers like it's "where hearts die." His final sign-off for the day? "See y'all at the booty club."
In addition to taking the onslaught of Ocean-related questions like a champ, Malay also heaped praises on other artists, calling Kevin Parker of Tame Impala "one of the best" and declaring "Heard 'Em Say" as his favourite Kanye West track.
Malay will return to the thread throughout the week to keep taking questions, though it seems like someone's gonna have to figure out what the hell "the booty club" is before we get any concrete answers.
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