8 Collaborations We Hope to Hear on Frank Ocean's 'Boys Don't Cry' Album

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Frank Ocean performs onstage at The Angel Orensanz Foundation on Sept. 24, 2012 in New York City.  

Frank Ocean fans may be moved to tears of joy when the singer (finally) releases Boys Don't Cry, rumored to arrive Friday (Aug. 5). While details about the follow-up to 2012's Channel Orange are sparse beyond its potential release as an Apple Music exclusive paired with a publication and new video, the possibilities for epic collaborations on Ocean's next set are endless.

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Here is a collaborator wishlist for Boys Don't Cry.

Chance The Rapper

In May, the Chicago rapper -- and "good friend" of Frank Ocean -- teased the LP in an interview with Complex, saying, "His new album is amazing. No one really is able to find Frank when Frank goes away. Like, literally no one, not just publications, but I know he’s away, making a masterpiece." Fingers crossed Ocean's forthcoming "masterpiece" will include some color from Lil Chano, whose recently released Coloring Book was the epitome of several flame emojis. 

Justin Timberlake

Like Ocean, Timberlake is a fan of taking hiatuses. It's been three years since the "Can't Stop The Feeling" singer released his two-part album The 20/20 Experience so a first-time collaboration between F.O. and J.T. would probably redefine the meaning of "lovesounds." 


Queen Bey linked with Frank Ocean for "Superpower" off her 2013 visual album Beyonce. The melodic love note confirmed their musical chemistry and deserves a follow-up. 

James Fauntleroy

​In 2011, the Fauntleroy-Ocean duet "Dying For Your Love" surfaced. The gifted Cocaine 80s songwriter -- who has worked with J.T., Beyonce, among others -- would add another soulful touch to Ocean's catalog with a second collaboration. 

James Blake

Blake's third album The Colour in Anything included a cameo from Frank Ocean, who was credited as a co-writer on the project. The two can join forces -- and pens -- once again for Ocean's BDC set. Blake even offered, "I was more of a fan of him when I heard his newer music." 

Anderson .Paak

The Dr. Dre-approved singer/songwriter/musician could flex on a funky number alongside Ocean. The Aftermath signee's previous collaborations like "Glowed Up" with Kaytranada and "Dang!" with Mac Miller are the sweetest of ear candy, so an Ocean collaboration would likely be no different.

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Kanye West

After making a rare appearance on "Wolves" off 'Ye's seventh studio effort The Life of Pablo, Mr. West may return the favor by lending some bars to Boys Don't Cry


In a past interview with Vibe, the "Happy" hitmaker called Ocean "the black James Taylor" because of his musical talents. Pharrell has already worked with Ocean, producing the Channel Orange tracks "Sweet Life" and "End," so a 2016 offering from the two would be a joyous reunion.