In a strange twist, Frank Ocean’s mother Katonya Breaux is telling fans not to pay expensive prices on eBay for the magazine accompanying his new Blonde album. A small amount of copies were distributed this past Sunday (Aug. 21) and now some are available on eBay for almost $800.
“Don’t Pay those ridiculous prices for the mags on eBay. Just hang tight a sec…” Breaux wrote on Twitter. Her tweet immediately prompted rumors that Ocean was slated to release more of the magazine.
NME reports that the magazine was for sale at pop-up shops in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and London. Once Ocean exposed where the magazine was available in London, fans rushed the newsstand on Charlotte Street to score a copy. His mother Breaux as well as his brother reportedly attended the event in Los Angeles but Ocean himself did not grace the crowd with his presence.
According to Billboard, the magazine is a collection of short stories, interviews with Lil’ B and Om’Mas Keith, a TV series pitch, as well as fashion shoot photos and a few poems penned by Ocean and Kanye West. The credits for those who helped to create the magazine listed the likes of West, Tyler, the Creator, James Blake, A$AP Rocky and photographer Nabil Elderkin.
Don't Pay those ridiculous prices for the mags on eBay. Just hang tight a sec..
— katonya breaux (@katonya) August 22, 2016
The release of Blonde on Apple Music came as a complete surprise to fans. The album lists contributors whose names are prevalent in the music industry, including David Bowie, West, Jamie xx, The Beatles, Brian Eno, Pharrell Williams, Elliot Smith, James Blake, Yung Lean, Tyler, the Creator, and Rostam Batmanglij formerly of Vampire Weekend.
Blonde includes the first single released from the album, “Nikes.”