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  • Creator Breakdown: The whole period from Channel Orange to Blonde. Despite constantly teasing new music, Frank would constantly claim that he was suffering from writers block and would spend random periods of time in various cities around the world to search for inspiration.
  • No Budget: The whole mixtape Nostalgia, Ultra was done in a fairly short time with a shoestring budget and half of its selections featured beats that weren't his.
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  • Reclusive Artist: He became increasingly reclusive after releasing Channel Orange and coming out, with him scarcely releasing any information about his upcoming music. He did make a few appearances in 2016 and 2017, doing pop up performances for Blonde and releasing singles every now and then. His output and social media activity stopped completely after his brother died in August 2020. However, in 2021, he appeared on the outro of Tyler, the Creator's song Lemonhead from his Call Me If You Get Lost album. It is unknown if this means he'll be back to making anymore appearances after this though. He was recently announced to be headlining Coachella in 2023, meaning that new music could arive then.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Blonde was initially titled Boys Don't Cry and featured multiple different iterations of songs. It's been rumored that the singles he put out after the release of the album were songs that didn't make the cut.
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    • He was set to headline at Coachella in 2020, which many interpreted as a sign a new album was coming. He stated in interviews that he was busy traveling to different cities and working with different producers on new work, and was taking influence from French electronic music and Detroit and Chicago house. The release of tracks DHL and In My Room in fall 2019 and Cayendo and Dear April in March 2020 were also taken as signs of a new album. However, the COVID-19 Pandemic caused Coachella to be moved and then cancelled as well as Frank supposedly having to stop production of his album due to his anti-internet production style requiring him to move to various cities. When his brother died in August 2020, he dropped off the face of the Earth, even after the US had a successful COVID vaccine rollout by the summer of 2021 and concerts started up again. However, with the announcment of him headlining Coachella in 2023, he could be back to making music soon.
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