The zine — titled Boys Don’t Cry after the original name for the album — was offered last night at pop-up shop locations in New York, London, L.A. and Chicago, Pitchfork reported. In addition to Kanye, the publication features Tom Sachs, Tyrone Lebon and Wolfgang Tillmans, as well as an interview with his mother, Katonya Breaux.
The rest of the content includes photo series and a personal essay by Ocean, in addition to Kanye’s poem about McDonald’s, called “The McDonald’s Man.” In the poem, he asserts he is wary of any food that smells that good. (We feel you, Yeezy.)
Fans in the four locations were able to get a free issue of the magazine when they purchased the album, but for everyone else it’s going to be a bit harder to get your hands on it.Complex reported that people are reselling their zines on eBay for $1,000. Back in 2015 when Kanye West released his Seasons zine in a similar fashion, fans also took to the online auction site to sell and bid for the exclusive copies.
Blond comes on the heels of Ocean’s visual album Endless, and a music video teaser for the song “Nikes” on the Blond album. Ocean fans have been waiting for four years for the musician to release his much-awaited follow up to Channel Orange. It includes a number of collaborators, including James Blake, Jazmine Sullivan and Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood, Rolling Stone reported.
And if his magazine continues to feature such incredible collaborators and, well, surprising poets, we’re sure it’ll be a big success.